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Oakland Airport Baggage Handlers Arrested By Feds For Drug Trafficking

May 19, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Oakland Airport Baggage Handlers Arrested By Feds For Drug Trafficking

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The Feds smashed a marijuana trafficking ring involving Fourteen people including airport baggage handlers at Oakland International Airport, accused of a wide-ranging criminal conspiracy to transport drugs throughout the country. The U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag of the Northern District of California made the announcement on Monday.

The U.S. Attorney unsealed part of the complaint on Monday. They accused the airport employees of being co-conspirators in an illicit drug trafficking organization. The complaint claims the suspects used their special access granted to them as baggage handlers to circumvent the security measures in place at Oakland International Airport.

According to the complaint listed in the indictment, the baggage handlers entered the Air Operations Area (AOA) of the Oakland Airport while in possession of baggage containing marijuana. The AOA is an area of the airport that is accessible to employees but not to passengers who have completed security screening through a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint.

Because the baggage handlers are not required to pass through a TSA security screening checkpoint, they used their security badges to gain clearance to enter the AOA. This is the area where outbound passengers, who have already passed through the TSA security and screening checkpoint, wait to board their flights.

The suspects then gave the marijuana filled pieces of baggage to waiting passengers who then transported the drugs in carry-on luggage on their outbound flights to the destination city where they distributed and sold the drugs.

The ongoing conspiracy has operated since July 2012.
The complaint charges Kenneth Wayne Fleming, 32, of San Leandro, California; Keith Ramon Mayfield, 34, of Oakland, California; and Michael Herb Videau, 28, of Oakland, California, of using their security badges to cross security barriers while carrying unscreened baggage filled with packages of marijuana.

The baggage handlers charged would hand off the baggage to co-conspirators, identified as, Major Alexander Session III, 24, of Oakland, California; Clyde Barry Jamerson, 41, of Oakland, California; Kameron Kordero Eldridge Davis, 26, of Dublin, California; Ronnell Lamar Molton, 34, of Oakland, California; Francisco Manuel Carrasco, 29, of Hayward, California; Sophia Cherise West, 44, of Castro Valley, California; and others, who boarded the outbound aircraft and bring the drugs to destinations throughout the country.

Proceeds from the sale of the marijuana eventually were deposited into accounts controlled by defendants Ahshatae Marie Millhouse, 27, of Oakland, California; Laticia Ann Morris, 40, of Little Rock, Arkansas; Donald Ray Holland II, 42, of Discovery Bay, California; among others.

Additionally, Mayfield used his privileges as an airline employee to ship drugs as cargo and have co-conspirators including Brandon Jarred Davillier, 27, of Slidell, Louisiana, receive them for distribution. The complaint charges the defendants with conspiracy to distribute, and possession with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846.

Federal agents coordinated sting operations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Arkansas, arresting nine suspects. Eight defendants made their initial appearances Monday morning in Federal Court, in Oakland, California. The court has listed Two defendants as fugitives.

The maximum penalty for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana is 40 years imprisonment and $5 million. The offense carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years imprisonment.

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