FBI accuses SFO security screeners of drug smuggling 

Two airport security screeners and a San Francisco resident were arrested by the FBI Friday for allegedly smuggling pounds of methamphetamine through The City’s airport.

Claudio Rene Sunux, 30, and Amanda Lopez, 27, -- both Transportation Security Administration contractors -- and San Francisco resident Anibal Giovanni Ramirez, 28, face bribery and drug-related charges for their coordinated effort to smuggle methamphetamine through airport security checkpoints, according to an FBI statement.

An extensive federal investigation uncovered Ramirez allegedly paying off the two security screeners at SFO, who then allowed carry-on luggage loaded with methamphetamine to pass through security checkpoints. The trio arranged some of the operation through Facebook messages.

All three defendants are in custody and have been charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics and possession of narcotics, for which they could serve a minimum ten years or a maximum life sentence and fine of $10 million.

For allegedly accepting bribes as public officials, Sunux and Lopez could face another 15 years and $25,000 or three times the money involved. Ramirez faces the same penalties for allegedly bribing a public official.

Sunux, Lopez and Ramirez are scheduled to appear in federal court next week.

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