FBI: Former Charlotte Airport TSA Agent accused in drug trafficking conspiracy

- A former Transportation Security Agent (TSA) of Charlotte Douglas International Airport has been accused in being the leader of a  drug trafficking conspiracy, according to federal authorities.

Jamie Blunder, 48, along with eight others are accused of participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy in Charlotte and Greensboro, according to the FBI.

Blunder was fired from his position with the TSA on Friday, according to a spokesperson for the TSA.

United State Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose named Blunder along with seven other individuals who were arrested on Wednesday, November 9, and charged with of conspiracy  and attempt to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute Schedule I and Schedule II controlled substances; and distribution of controlled substances and possession with intent to distribute Schedule I and Schedule II controlled substances. The men involved are David Pate, 44, of High Point, N.C., Alafia Fowlkes, 42, of Jamestown, N.C., Samuel Little, 58, of Greensboro, Irvin Lampley, 56, of Greensboro, Aaron Dixon, 40, of Greenville, N.C., Cameron Roberts, 29, of Greensboro and Dennis Harrington, 47, of Greensboro. The ninth suspect Willie Nevius, 48, of Greenbsoro has not been arrested yet, according to authorities.

In addition to the arrests of the  eight defendants, law enforcement executed multiple search warrants and recovered eight firearms,  at least two kilograms of cocaine and more than $150,000  in  cash. Over  the  course  of  the  investigation,  law  enforcement  also  recovered  drugn paraphernalia  and  packaging  material  consistent  with  kilogram-quantity  cocaine  wrapping  and packaging, according to Rose.

A special agent with the FBI said Blunder drives from his home in Charlotte to the Greensboro area in order to meet other members of the conspiracy who provide narcotics to him in exchange for money. He then stores the controlled substance in one of his co-conspirator's homes before distributing them to other members of his network. 

The substances trafficked included cocaine and marijuana, along with other controlled substances, according to the FBI.

In December 2015 Blunder was pulled over by NC State Highway Patrol for speeding and the trooper indicated Blunder attempted to use law enforcement credentials to get out of his ticket, according to officials.

Officials said Blunder was charged in 2008 with felony cocaine charges where cocaine and a large amount of cash were found on him. His charges were dismissed because the evidence showing his possession of cocaine was suppressed.

The special agent said there is no evidence Blunder used the airport for any illegal activity but there is probable cause to believe he utilized his TSA badge and credentials to lessen law enforcement detection while traveling to, within, and back from the Jamestown, High Point and Greensboro NC areas in connection with the drug trafficking conspiracy.

The TSA made the following statement: 

"TSA does not tolerate illegal, unethical or immoral conduct. When such conduct is alleged, TSA investigates it thoroughly. When appropriate, TSA investigates jointly with other law enforcement agencies or requests that a law enforcement authority investigate the allegation. When an investigation finds that misconduct has occurred, the appropriate action is taken."

 

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