A former agent with the federal Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is facing a maximum of 35 years in prison after admitting her role in a scheme to move Oxycodone from Florida to New York.

49-year-old Bridgette Jones pleaded guilty to federal extortion and bribery charges after a federal investigation revealed that she accepted payments from drug traffickers moving prescription drugs across state lines. The group would purchase pills in Florida and then transport them to the northeast via commercial airplane. Although the pills cost roughly $5 each in Florida, the group would sell them to narcotics dealers in Connecticut for about $13 each. The proceeds from the sales were then flown back to Florida. As a TSA agent, Jones was able to help the smugglers bypass security screenings.

In all, twenty people now face charges for their part in the scheme, including a former Florida State Trooper.

Law makers in Florida and throughout the country are becoming increasingly concerned about trafficking in prescription drugs. As a result, there are likely to be increased enforcement efforts by both state and federal authorities. And, as Jones and her partners may learn, convictions for these crimes come with hefty penalties.

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