Another former TSA officer pleads guilty in drug ring

(AP) - A former Transportation Security Administration officer has admitted his role in a painkiller trafficking ring, becoming the second TSA officer in two days

NEW HAVEN - (AP) - A former Transportation Security Administration officer has admitted his role in a painkiller trafficking ring, becoming the second TSA officer in two days to plead guilty in the case.

The U.S. attorney's office says 30-year-old Jonathan Best of Port St. Lucie, Fla., pleaded guilty Tuesday in New Haven to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone.

Authorities say Best accepted cash in exchange for facilitating the transportation of illegal narcotics through airport security without detection.

Prosecutors say Best also agreed last year to travel to Connecticut to help the narcotics trafficker launder drug proceeds.

Best faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced July 12.

Another former TSA officer pleaded guilty Monday to accepting cash in exchange for allowing illegal prescription painkillers to pass through airport security without detection.

A former New York police officer and a former Florida state trooper pleaded guiltyearlier in the case.

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