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May 5, 2014 10:01 PM by The Associated Press

Ex-TSA officer sentenced to six years in prison

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former Transportation Security Administration officer has been sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison for taking bribes to allow cocaine smuggling through her screening station at Los Angeles International Airport.

City News Service reports that 29-year-old Joy White of Compton was sentenced to 70-months in prison by U.S. District Judge Margaret M. Morrow on Monday.

White pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to aid in the possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. She was one of seven, including other former and then-current screeners, indicted in April 2012 for the scheme to smuggle drugs through checkpoints onto planes.

Defense attorney Joel Thvedt argued for a three-year term and said White, a mother of two, was suffering from postpartum depression and was in desperate financial straits at the time.

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