(PALM BEACH POST) A 31-year-old Transportation Security Administration officer who worked at Palm Beach International Airport was sentenced today to more than six years in federal prison after pleading guilty to moving illegal drugs through airport security in exchange for cash.
Jonathan Best, of Port St. Lucie, was sentenced to six years and four months in a federal prison by U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven, Conn. That term will be followed by three years of probation, according to a statement released by a spokesman from the U.S. Attorney in the District of Connecticut.
“This is an appropriate sentence for a defendant who breached his oath of public office and the serious responsibilities entrusted to him,” said U.S. Attorney David Fein. “He accepted cash to stand by and watch as substantial quantities of oxycodone pills were smuggled through airport security, and also personally traveled from Florida to Connecticut to help this narcotics trafficking enterprise launder illegal proceeds.”
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