PHOTO: Austin Bergstrom International Airport. (Photo via Flickr/Dion Hinchcliffe)
On Wednesday, an airport baggage handler who formerly worked for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas was arrested for allegedly stealing handguns from checked luggage and trading them for marijuana.
According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 25-year old Ja’Quan Johnson of Austin, Texas, surrendered to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on a federal criminal complaint that charges him with theft from an interstate shipment and possession of stolen firearms.
The criminal complaint claims Johnson managed to steal an unspecified number of handguns from inside the checked baggage of passengers at the Austin airport between Nov. 29, 2016, and Feb. 2, 2017. Johnson is also accused of trading several of the weapons for marijuana.
The Austin Police Department announced that it had recovered seven stolen firearms and seized an unspecified amount of illegal drugs in connection to Johnson’s alleged crimes, as well as making two arrests of the former airport employee’s accomplices.
Johnson faces up to 10 years in a federal prison if convicted of the crimes, but he was released on a personal recognizance bond following his initial court appearance Wednesday.
The Transportation Security Administration is working with the Austin police on the continuing investigation.