Former Delta worker pleads guilty in meth ring case

Fuamatu expected to plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute, possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine

Published  11:03 AM HST May 31, 2013
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HONOLULU -

A former Delta Air Lines employee has pleaded guilty to using her security credentials to help a meth trafficking ring operate between California and Hawaii.

Sifatutupu Fuamatu on Friday pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge involving distribution and possession of methamphetamine.

Fuamatu says that as a ramp agent she bypassed security checkpoints to smuggle hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug money from Honolulu to Los Angeles on flights with her husband.

A criminal complaint alleges Walter Dominguez paid her to transport the money.

The complaint says he used Delta and Transportation Security Administration employees to put 30- to 40-pound drug shipments in already screened luggage checked in by a courier.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Loo says Dominguez paid Fuamatu $6,000 for each trip.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 9.

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