TSA officer among 9 accused in drug trafficking network in Piedmont Triad, Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- An agent with the Transportation Security Agency who works at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is one of nine charged in a drug trafficking conspiracy, according to a news release from the release from the U.S. Department of Justice

Jamie Blunder, 28, is accused of trafficking drugs in Charlotte and parts of the Piedmont Triad.

A federal investigation said that Blunder would drive from his home in Charlotte to Greensboro to meet with other members of the trafficking network and exchange money for drugs. Cocaine and marijuana are considered to be among the drugs exchanged.

In addition to Blunder, eight others from across North Carolina have been charged with conspiracy and attempt to distribute and possess with intent to distribute schedule I and schedule II controlled substances, as well as distribution of controlled substances and possession with the intent to distribute schedule I and schedule II controlled substances.

Indictment papers say that David Pate, of High Point; Alafia Fowlkes, of Jamestown; Samuel Little, of Greensboro; Irving Lampley, of Greensboro; Aaron Dixon, of Greenville; Cameron Roberts, of Greensboro; and Dennis Harrington, of Greensboro, are also involved in the network. Willie Nevius, 48, of Greensboro, has not yet been arrested.

Investigators say there is no evidence to show that Blunder used the airport to facilitate any of the trafficking activity, but they believe he has used his TSA badge to reduce being noticed by law enforcement while traveling between Jamestown, High Point and Greensboro.

The TSA sent FOX8 the following statement Wednesday:

"TSA does not tolerate illegal, unethical or immoral conduct. When such conduct is alleged, TSA investigates it thoroughly. When appropriate, TSA investigates jointly with other law enforcement agencies or requests that a law enforcement authority investigate the allegation. When an investigation finds that misconduct has occurred, the appropriate action is taken."

The investigation is ongoing.