Airline employee ditches luggage stuffed with cocaine


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LOS ANGELES – Federal agents are on the lookout for an airline employee who abandoned around 70 pounds of cocaine in her carry-on bag, KTLA reported Monday.

Transportation Security Administration members selected the woman for a random screening at Los Angeles International Airport Friday, according to Timothy Massino, spokesman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.  The woman “abandoned her belongings and escaped on foot.”

About 66 pounds of “suspected cocaine” was found in her belongings, KTLA reported.

The airline employee is considered a fugitive, Massino told KTLA. Authorities did not say which airline she worked for or what position she held.

In light of the incident, the union for Los Angeles airport police officers issued a statement calling for screening of all passengers and employees.

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