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Airport baggage handlers accused of flying drugs throughout US

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Fourteen people, including several airport baggage handlers, have been charged in a scheme to transport drugs across the United States using carry-on luggage, the Justice Department said.

Three baggage handlers at the Oakland International Airport in California who were able to bypass security checkpoints as employees, are accused of entering the airport with baggage containing marijuana.

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The handlers would then use their security badges to access the terminal area and pass the drugs to outbound passengers, who transported the marijuana in carry-on luggage.

The drugs were sold in the passenger’s destination city in a scheme that began as early as July 2012, the department said.

One of the handlers is also accused of shipping the drugs as cargo.

Members of the ring are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.

Nine of the defendants were arrested in the San Francisco area, where the Oakland airport is located, as well as the state of Arkansas.

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Three are still on the run and another two are already serving marijuana-related state prison sentences.

The charge against them carries up to 40 years in prison and $5 million in fines, with a minimum mandatory prison sentence of five years.


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‘I have no time for this’: The View’s Meghan McCain blows up GOP conspiracies about voting by mail

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"The View" co-host Meghan McCain broke with fellow Republicans who claim voting by mail is rife with fraud.

President Donald Trump and other GOP elected officials warn that efforts to make absentee ballots more easily available will allow Democrats to steal the election, but McCain said that hasn't been the case in her home state.

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"Killing has no place in our National Wildlife Refuges."

President Donald Trump's National Park Service plans to finalize rules this week that will allow hunters in Alaska to kill bear cubs and wolf pups while they are in their dens, reversing Obama-era regulations meant to prevent destabilization of the state's biodiversity.

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Trump-loving mayor faces furious backlash after shrugging off George Floyd killing: ‘That man died of overdose or heart attack’

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In a post to Twitter this Tuesday, the mayor of a Mississippi town asked: "Why in the world would anyone choose to become a police officer in our society today?"

The tweet from Mayor Hal Marx, which was in reference to the death of George Floyd, prompted another Twitter user to respond: "Would be nice to get a few in there that understand reasonable force, when it’s needed, and don’t give the rest of them a bad reputation."

But as the Hattiesburg American points out, it was Marx's response that set Twitter on fire.

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