CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jamie Blunder, 48, an agent with the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) that works at Charlotte Douglas International Airport pled not guilty to charges connected to a drug trafficking conspiracy.
Blunder will appear again in court on December 5.
Blunder is one of nine people accused of being part of a drug-trafficking network in the Charlotte and Greensboro areas.
According to court documents filed in U.S. District Court, investigators say that Blunder would drive from his Charlotte home to Greensboro to meet other members of the conspiracy. Blunder would then exchange money for narcotics that would be taken to another person’s home before being distributed to other dealers.
Investigators say that cocaine and marijuana are among the substances trafficked, as well as other controlled substances that are not named in the documents.
Blunder and the others accused in the documents have been charged with conspiracy and attempt to distribute and possess with intent to distribute Schedule I and Schedule II controlled substances, as well as Distribution of controlled substances and possession with the intent to distribute Schedule I and Schedule II controlled substances.
The federal agent involved in the investigation, who has been with the FBI since April of 1998, has spent the majority of their career with the White Collar Crime Squad in the Charlotte Division, as well as seven years with the FBI’s Charlotte SWAT unit.
Documents show that Blunder was charged in 2008 with felony cocaine charges after he was found to have distribution quantities of cocaine and a large amount of cash on him. The charges were ultimately dismissed because the evidence against Blunder showing his possession of cocaine was suppressed. Investigators say that Blunder did not properly disclose his arrest when applying with the TSA, which is required in the application process.
Investigators say there is no indication that Blunder utilized Charlotte Douglas Airport to facilitate any of the illegal activity, but there is probable cause to believe that he has used his TSA badge and credentials to mitigate law enforcement detection while traveling between Jamestown, High Point, and Greensboro.
Federal agents believe that Blunder used proceeds from the drug trafficking to purchase a Mercedes-Benz vehicle.
Mike England, National Spokesperson for the TSA released the following statement, in addition to saying that Blunder was fired by TSA last Friday.
"TSA does not tolerate illegal, unethical or immoral conduct. When such conduct is alleged, TSA investigates it thoroughly. When appropriate, TSA investigates jointly with other law enforcement agencies or requests that a law enforcement authority investigate the allegation. When an investigation finds that misconduct has occurred, the appropriate action is taken."