- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a former AirTran employee has been sentenced for trying to carry a machine gun and cocaine onto a commercial flight.

Officials said Tuesday that 30-year-old Rasondo Maurice Norris of Stone Mountain was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Investigators say Norris worked as an AirTran baggage handler at the Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and accepted payment in exchange for helping to smuggle contraband onto airplanes. Authorities say Norris used his security clearance to bypass Transportation Security Administration agents.

Prosecutors say an undercover Homeland Security agent gave Norris a backpack containing what he thought was cocaine and $500,000 in drug proceeds twice in May 2013. On a third occasion, prosecutors say Norris helped smuggle a bag containing purported drugs, a firearm, a magazine and a silencer.

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