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Fired TSA Agent Admits Role in LAX Pot Smuggling Scheme

Dianna Perez, 28, of Inglewood, faces up to five years in prison at her Jan. 7 sentencing hearing.

Fired TSA Agent Admits Role in LAX Pot Smuggling Scheme

An ex-Transportation Security Administration agent pleaded guilty today to a federal conspiracy charge stemming from a scheme to smuggle marijuana on flights out of Los Angeles International Airport.

Dianna Perez, 28, of Inglewood, faces up to five years in prison at her Jan. 7 sentencing hearing in Los Angeles federal court, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

In court papers, Perez acknowledged working with Millage Peaks IV, son of a retired Los Angeles fire chief, who allegedly promised to pay $500 for each pot-filled suitcase that cleared security at LAX.

Perez admitted in her plea agreement to helping her co-defendants smuggle drugs on nine occasions between November 2010 and October 2011.

Admitted pot couriers Andrew "Drew'' Welter, 25, of Fontana, and, 24, of Culver City pleaded guilty to conspiracy earlier.

Peaks, 24, and a second former TSA agent, Randy Littlefield, 29, of Paramount, have agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The marijuana was being flown from Los Angeles to Boston, court papers show.

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