It seems that for at least one Oakland International Airport security officer the temptation to abuse her position of power was just too (ahem) high. Federal officials have charged the officer with using her status at the airport to facilitate the smuggling of marijuana for the past two years.
A federal grand jury indictment unsealed yesterday accuses the woman, 28-year-old Kiana Scott Clark, of working with a partner to facilitate the transport of "100 kilograms and more of marijuana,” according to the Chronicle.
The paper notes that Clark is "charged with four counts of conspiracy, two for obstructing the operations of the Transportation Security Administration and two for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances."
Clark was nabbed after a joint (pun not intended this time) investigation by the FBI and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. The charges against her are no joke, and could result in a minimum sentence of five years if she is found guilty.
This calls to mind a recent case at SFO where three airport screeners were indicted on fraud and conspiracy charges this past November for allegedly allowing cocaine through the screening process in exchange for money.
It also calls to mind the March case of yet another SFO TSA screener accused of working to smuggle pounds of methamphetamine through the airport.
Who knew there were so many criminal masterminds working for the TSA? Well, other than the Feds, obviously.