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Former TSA Officer Charged with Attempting to Smuggle Methamphetamine Through LAX

Posted by John Rogers | Mar 05, 2022

The U.S. Attorney's Office reported that Michael Williams, of Hawthorne, was charged with one count of attempting to distribute methamphetamine. Williams is a former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer and it is alleged that he attempted to smuggle methamphetamine through Los Angeles International Airport fin exchange or $8,000 in cash.

According to court records, authorities in 2020 conducted undercover operations involving Williams, whom they suspected of helping smuggle narcotics past security. During these operations, Williams met with a drug source to exchange narcotics in the days prior leading up to his shift at LAX.

Williams would then deliver the methamphetamine in a backpack to the drug source's accomplice in the men's restroom on the secure side of the airport terminal. Authorities observed Williams on security cameras exiting the restroom while wearing his TSA uniform after allegedly making the exchange.

If Williams is convicted, he faces a statutory maximum of 10 years in federal prison.

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