TSA Officer Arrested for Helping Smuggle Illegal Immigrants
On Friday, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer for allegedly "conspiring" to smuggle illegal immigrants into the country.
According to the Justice Department, David Alexander Díaz-Torres in Orlando, FL and "five others were charged in a 13-count indictment for bringing, transporting, harboring, and shielding illegal aliens within the United States.
On March 24 of this year, Diaz-Torres allegedly allowed "a group of Brazilian nationals" who were being smuggled to cities like New York, Boston, and Philadelphia through a TSA security checkpoint without asking any questions at the Luis Munoz International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
“It is very troubling when law enforcement authorities have to arrest a corrupt federal employee who is alleged to have undermined our nation’s security, our overall safety, and the public trust and confidence we place in those chosen to protect and serve,” Rosa Emilia Rodriguez Velez, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, said in a statement. “The Justice Department’s commitment to preventing human smuggling, bringing smugglers to justice and assisting victims has never been stronger.”
Diaz-Torres faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail.