USA: 2 Ex-Baggage Handlers Charged With Drug Trafficking at LAX.

Federal agents arrested two former baggage handlers Monday on suspicion of trafficking several pounds of cocaine through Los Angeles International Airport, the second time in weeks that airline or airport employees have been accused of smuggling drugs there.

The Transportation Security Administration has focused on combatting security threats from "insiders," which also include workers hired by contractors. Last month, authorities found 70 pounds of cocaine in the luggage of a JetBlue flight attendant after she was flagged for a random security screening.

In the most recent case, authorities seized about 2 pounds of cocaine from Alberto Preciado Gutierrez, 26, in an airport restroom in December, where he was trying to pass the drugs to a courier who had a plane ticket to New York. Adrian Ponce, 27, who was waiting for Preciado in a car nearby, was taken into custody.

The men were arrested Monday following a joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI and local law enforcement and charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine through the airport.

Their attorneys have not returned messages seeking comment on the allegations.

Ponce said he worked with a large-scale distribution ring and had smuggled drugs with Preciado several times, according to authorities. He said they used Preciado's status as a supervisor to bypass security screening and deliver cocaine samples to couriers.

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Source: FOX News.

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