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Archive for June 10th, 2022

Ex-TSA Officer Expected to Plead Guilty to Attempted Drug Smuggling Charge

By Steve Neavling

A former TSA agent accused of smuggling what he believed was methamphetamine though Los Angeles International Airport is expected to plead guilty Friday, City News Service reports

Michael Williams, 39, was charged with one count of attempting to distribute methamphetamine. 

Williams was the subject of an undercover operation in 2020 after federal authorities believed he was helping smuggle narcotics past security checkpoints at LAX. On two different occasions during the investigation, William met with a “drug source” to collect a backpack full of what actually was fake meth, which he was to smuggle into LAX and deliver it to a source inside a men’s restroom during his shift. In exchange, he received a total of $8,000 in cash, according to the Justice Department.  

Williams was caught on LAX security cameras leaving the restroom in his uniform before starting his shift, according to the DOJ.  

Williams faces up to 20 years in prison. 

The FBI and DEA assisted in the investigation. 

GOP Candidate for Governor in Michigan Arrested by FBI for Role in Jan. 6 Riot

Gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley

By Steve Neavling

The FBI arrested a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Michigan on Thursday for his alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. 

Ryan Kelley faces four misdemeanor counts of knowingly entering or remaining in restricting buildings or grounds without lawful authority, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, knowingly engaging in an act of physical violence against person or property in a restricted building or grounds, and willfully injuring or committing depredation against any property in the U.S. 

Kelley is accused of joining the mob that stormed the Capitol and climbed scaffolding outside the building. 

Kelley, who sells real estate, is among five candidates on the Republican primary ballot for governor. 

He built his reputation on the far right by organizing an armed protest against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 restrictions at the state Capitol in 2020. He’s also called for the arrest of Democratic officials in Michigan, citing baseless conspiracy theories.