Federal jury convicts TSA officer of drug conspiracy charges

Charlotte, N.C. —

A federal jury has convicted a former TSA officer in a drug trafficking network operating in North Carolina.

Jamie Blunder, 48, was found guilty of drug conspiracy and firearms charges for his involvement in the drug trafficking network that operated in Charlotte and Greensboro, N.C., said Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the western district of North Carolina.

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According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Blunder was the leader of a drug conspiracy network beginning in late 2015. The ring trafficked cocaine, crack cocaine, and other controlled substances in Charlotte, Greensboro, and elsewhere, Rose said. Blunder also engaged in drug dealing while dressed in his TSA uniform and used his position with the TSA to avoid detection while traveling.

Over the course of their investigation, law enforcement officers seized two kilograms of cocaine, eight firearms, drug paraphernalia, and more than $130,000 in cash from Blunder during their investigation, as well as thousands of dollars in expensive watches and jewelry.

Blunder faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and more than $10 million in fines. A sentencing date has not been set. Blunder remains in federal custody.

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