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Retired Fire Chief's Son, Ex-TSA Agent Face Sentencing in Marijuana Scheme

Five people were involved in the yearlong scheme to smuggle pot from LAX to Boston, one of whom was a Culver City resident.

The son of a former fire chief and an ex-Transportation Security Administration agent could each be sent to prison today for their roles in a smuggling operation that shipped marijuana-filled luggage
on flights out of Los Angeles International Airport.

Millage Peaks IV, 25, whose father is a retired Los Angeles fire chief, and ex-TSA agent Randy Littlefield, 29, of Paramount, both pleaded guilty in September to a federal conspiracy charge. They each face up to five years in prison at sentencing hearings today before U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II.

Prosecutors contend Peaks was the ringleader of the yearlong scheme.

In court papers, Peaks acknowledged promising to pay $500 to ex-TSA agent Dianna Perez for each pot-filled suitcase that cleared security checkpoints at LAX between November 2010 and October 2011.

Littlefield, for his part, admitted twice accepting $200 from Perez when she needed help moving the marijuana through security.

Perez, who also pleaded guilty, admitted using her position and knowledge of LAX procedures to get the pot onto Boston-bound planes on nine occasions in exchange for cash. Her sentencing date has not been set.

Admitted pot couriers Andrew "Drew'' Welter, 25, of Fontana, and Charles "Smoke'' Hicks, 24, of Culver City, also pleaded guilty in the case and are set to be sentenced by Wright on Jan. 28.

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FlyingTooLow January 15, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Law enforcement needs to re-direct its focus on crime...to those that are REAL crimes. I was in Federal Prison for 5 years for a marijuana offense. No, it was not for simple possession. I was arrested aboard a Lockheed PV2 in Marianna, Florida...charged and convicted for conspiracy to import and distribute 12,000 pounds of marijuana. As those 5 years rolled by, what I did see were armed bank robbers, coming and going...while I still sat there for marijuana. Most of the bank robbers only spent 17 to 24 months. But, I and my fellow 'drug offenders,'...we stayed for YEARS. I wrote about the escapades that led to my incarceration. I admit, I had a great time. No one was injured, no one was killed, firearms were not involved...there were no victims. We were Americans...doing what Americans do best...living free. Truly, it is time for this lunacy to end...it never should have begun. My book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank I think you may enjoy it...it is about living FREE.
FlyingTooLow January 15, 2013 at 03:41 PM
If marijuana were treated like lettuce and tomatoes, this debacle would end. After all, it is plant. Take the government out of the equation. It does not belong.

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