SFO TSA Screeners Charged in Bribery and Drug Smuggling Scheme

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) –Two security screeners at SFO have been charged with bribery and drug smuggling while they were at work.

Claudio Rene Sunux, 30, of San Francisco, and Amanda Lopez, 27, of South San Francisco, were security screeners contracted with the Transportation Security Administration.

The duo was arrested after a federal complain alleges that the two agreed to allow 28-year-old Anibal Giovanni Ramirez of San Francisco to smuggle pounds of methamphetamine in his carry-on baggage in exchange for money.

Federal investigators believe that much of this scheme was planned through Facebook messages.

The three men have been charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

If convicted, would be jailed from a minimum of ten years to life as well as a maximum fine of $10 million.


The security screeners, Sunux and Lopez, have also been charged with agreement to receive a bribe by a public official, while Ramirez is charged with offering to bribe a public official.

For these offenses, the maximum term of imprisonment is 15 years, and the maximum fine is $250,000 or three times the monetary equivalent of the thing of value.

If Sunux and Lopez are convicted, they will be banned from holding any office of trust within the government.


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