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Air Marshals Allegedly Smuggled Cocaine

Feb 14, 20062 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

Federal prosecutors say two U.S. air marshals are facing narcotics charges for allegedly exploiting their positions in order to sneak cocaine onto planes for transport, the Associated Press reports via Yahoo News.

The men, 38-year-old Shawn Ray Nguyen, and Burlie L. Sholar, 32, were placed under arrest last Thursday after some 33 pounds of cocaine and $15,000 in cash were delivered to Nguyen’s Houston residence by a police informant, the AP reports.

They are to remain in federal custody until Thursday, when a bond hearing will be held.

Authorities first began investigating Nguyen in November after receiving a tip that he was involved in narcotics distribution, the AP reports.

Nguyen allegedly recruited Sholar, and the two devised a plan to fly 33 pounds of cocaine to Las Vegas, according to the AP .

If found guilty, both Nguyen and Sholar face 10 years to life in prison and a fine of $4 million.

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