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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A former TSA agent in California could face up to 20 years in prison for allowing marijuana on flights headed to North Carolina.

Fox News reported that Deondre Smith, 33, of South Los Angeles, has been charged with bribery of a public official and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

Smith helped co-conspirators smuggle drug-filled bags past TSA screenings at Los Angeles International Airport to board flights, according to police.

Prosecutors said the suspect accepted payments of at least $500. The indictment alleges at least nine incidents in 2009 and 2010.

He faces a maximum five-year sentence for drug trafficking conspiracy and a maximum 15-year sentence for bribery.