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Former A.B.I.A. Baggage Handler Sentenced to Federal Prison for Stealing Firearms

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Texas

This morning, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks sentenced Ja’Quan Johnson, a 26-year-old baggage handler at Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA), to 18 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for stealing items from checked baggage, including a .40 caliber Glock semi-automatic pistol, announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division, and Austin Police Chief Brian Manley.


On June 7, 2017, Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of theft from an interstate shipment and one count of possession of a stolen firearm. By pleading guilty, Johnson admitted that between November 29, 2016, and February 2, 2017, he stole seven handguns from inside passenger bags at ABIA.


The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Transportation Security Administration and the Austin Police Department’s Aviation Division conducted this investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Gregg N. Sofer prosecuted this case for the Government.

Updated August 25, 2017

Firearms Offenses