A former screener with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) who conspired to smuggle narcotics through screening checkpoints at Los Angeles International Airport was sentenced on Sept. 22 to 80 months in prison.
The defrendant, Naral Richardson, 32, of South Los Angeles, facilitated a scheme that involved three TSA screeners at LAX. He was the last of seven defendants in the case to be sentenced to federal prison.
Richardson made arrangements so that 45 kilograms of cocaine, four kilograms of methamphetamine and 22 kilograms of marijuana were allowed to pass through security screening checkpoints at LAX. Richardson pleaded guilty in March to one count of drug-trafficking conspiracy, and admitted that he used contacts at LAX to facilitate, and profit from, five “pass-throughs” of drugs at LAX. The co-defendants in the scheme were each sentenced to between 30 and 70 months in prison.