Airport workers charged with San Diego drug plot

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Updated: 3/17 8:36 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Four baggage handlers at San Diego International Airport have been charged with plotting to smuggle drugs onto airplanes.

The U.S. attorney's office says the four were indicted by a federal jury on Friday on charges of conspiracy and possessing cocaine and methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

They could face 10 years to life in prison if convicted.

Authorities say three current or former employees of Delta Global Services flashed their security badges to smuggle drugs through screening checkpoints in backpacks, then passed on the drugs to couriers under stalls in restrooms. A fourth employee allegedly was a courier.

Authorities say the couriers boarded flights for New York, Nashville, Detroit, Baltimore and Hawaii.

Seven other men are charged with taking part in the scheme.

All but one man have been arrested.

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