Texas Flight Attendant Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Fentanyl

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This flight attendant just risked the lives of everyone on board a plane so she could smuggle 3 pounds of highly lethal fentanyl across state lines. An airline worker from Texas just pleaded guilty to smuggling fentanyl into San Diego International Airport.

Flight Attendant Had Smuggled Enough Fentanyl to Kill Everyone in the Airport

Therese Lea White, a 41-year-old flight attendant from Dallas, Texas, was off-duty when she smuggled the fentanyl on October 4. She attached over 3 pounds of the deadly drug to her chest. The attendant then bypassed airport security screening to get on her plane. Once in San Diego, White again exited via the airport’s secure area.

However, White wasn’t finished with her drug smuggling journey. Later that same day, the off-duty flight attendant tried to hop on another plane to Boston. She lined up in the “known crew member” queue but set off a metal detector while in line. She was pulled aside for a random TSA screening.

According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, White removed a 3.3-pound package from her abdomen in the private screening room. Upon doing so, she tried to claim that it was a  weight-loss device provided to her by a co-worker. She told law enforcement it was “not what you think.”

Therese Lea White pleaded guilty to transporting the drug. She was fired from the unnamed airline and is facing federal charges of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. She faces up to 20 years in prison. Her sentencing hearing is set for March 24, 2023, but she is currently released on bail.

Fentanyl Is Deadliest Drug Epidemic in the Country

Fentanyl is considered the deadliest drug on the black market currently. Only a tiny amount (what could fit on the tip of a pencil) is needed to kill someone. The DEA has already seized enough fentanyl to kill everyone in the United States this year alone.

Just a couple of weeks ago, a viral video showed a Florida police officer being treated for a fentanyl overdose. She had just come across a passenger at a traffic stop. Officer Courtney Bannick was wearing gloves when she came across a money roll containing a drug and immediately folded it back up. However, with high winds that day, it was believed that she may have accidentally been exposed to the fentanyl via air particles.

The thought that someone on an airplane could be wearing pounds of fentanyl under their clothes is beyond terrifying. A flight attendant abusing their privileges to smuggle fentanyl is even worse.

Sam Amico contributed to this article.

Read More: The DEA Seized Enough Fentanyl This Year to Kill Everyone in the United States

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