Feb 20, 2008

Two airport security agents and a Delta Airlines employee sat sullenly at the table on the 18th floor of the federal court building, listening to the details of bond agreements.

Leslie Adgar, a 42-year-old Delta employee, gave her passport to her attorney. He walked across the room and gave it to the federal prosecutors, slapping it on the wood table and leaning in to ask if that, along with ten percent of a $20,000 bond, would mean Adgar didn't have to spend Tuesday night in jail.

Andre Mays, a 24-year-old Transportation Security Administration officer, had his father sign an agreement saying the United States government could take his house, if he fled prosecution. Jon Patton, a 44-year-old TSA officer, signed a similar agreement and his wife and mother-in-law had to sign it, too. The judge pointed out that Patton has no equity in his new home and the 44-year-old, a diabetic, rolled up his shirt sleeve and gave himself a shot of insulin.

The three were indicted on Tuesday by a United States grand jury on charges they smuggled heroin and cocaine through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and onto flights destined for New York.

Patton, Mays and Adgar allegedly accepted $25,500 to smuggle the drugs, not knowing their client was an informant and they were being followed by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

"Their greed led to their demise," said Rodney G. Benson, special agent in charge of the Atlanta DEA.

Read the full story @ the Clayton News Daily:
Three airport workers charged with smuggling drugs