October 5, 2012
ATLANTA—Ex-TSA Officer Timothy G Gregory, 26, of DeKalb County, Georgia, pleaded guilty today to conspiring and attempting to smuggle cocaine through Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, announced Sally Quillian Yates, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, “Mr Gregory abused his position as a TSA officer to smuggle sham drugs through the world’s busiest airport for people he thought were narcotics traffickers. The citizens of this district deserve better. They rightfully deserve law enforcement officers who obey the laws that they are entrusted to enforce.
Mr Gregory now faces a lengthy prison sentence.” James E Ward, Special Agent in Charge, Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Atlanta Field Office, stated, “The DHS-OIG is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to identify and aggressively investigate allegations of corruption to protect the integrity of DHS personnel, programs, and operations. Acts of corruption within DHS represent a threat to our nation and undermine the honest and hardworking employees, who strive to maintain the integrity of the Department.
DHS-OIG and its law enforcement partners will continue to hold these shameless individuals like Mr Gregory accountable.” According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges, and other information presented in court: Beginning in February 2012, Gregory misused his position as an officer with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to smuggle what he believed to be illegal drugs through Atlanta’s airport security. On February 24, 2012, an undercover officer provided Gregory with five kilograms of fake cocaine and $5,000 in cash.
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