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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Federal Jury Convicts TSA Officer of Drug Conspiracy Charges

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – On Friday, July 7, 2017, a federal jury handed down a guilty verdict against former TSA officer Jamie Blunder, 48, of Charlotte, convicting him of drug conspiracy and firearms offenses for his involvement in a drug trafficking network operating in Charlotte and Greensboro, N.C., announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

 

John A. Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in North Carolina and Harold Scott, Jr., Special Agent in Charge, Office of Inspection - Washington Field Office of the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) join U.S. Attorney Rose in making today’s announcement.

 

According to court documents, evidence presented at trial and witness testimony, beginning in at least December 2015, Blunder was the leader of a drug conspiracy network responsible for trafficking cocaine, crack cocaine and other controlled substances in Charlotte, Greensboro, and elsewhere. Trial evidence established that while Blunder did not utilize the Charlotte Douglas Airport to traffic narcotics, he did engage in drug dealing while dressed in his TSA uniform. In addition, court records indicate that Blunder relied on his TSA position to avoid law enforcement detection while travelling to, within, and back from the Jamestown, High Point, and Greensboro areas. Over the course of the investigation, law enforcement also seized at least two kilograms of cocaine, eight firearms, more than $130,000 in cash, drug paraphernalia and packaging material consistent with kilogram-quantity cocaine wrapping and packaging, as well as thousands of dollars in expensive watches and jewelry.

 

Blunder remains in federal custody. The drug trafficking conspiracy charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine. The possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime charge carries a maximum term of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date for the defendant has not been set.

 

Blunder’s co-codefendants, Dave Pate, Alafia Fowlkes, Samuel Little, Irvin Lampley, Aaron Dixon, Dennis Harrington, and Willie Nevius are also in federal custody on federal drug trafficking and are all pending sentencing.

U.S. Attorney Rose thanked the FBI for leading the investigation and TSA for their assistance with this case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Dana Washington and Lambert Guinn of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte are prosecuting the case.

Updated July 11, 2017