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Airtran employee sentenced for taking drugs and guns through airport security

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An AirTran Airlines employee was sentenced Tuesday for taking drugs and guns through airport security.

Rasondo Maurice Norris was sentenced to ten years in prison for attempting to smuggle cocaine and a Mac-11 machine gun onto a commercial flight.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Norris, from Stone Mountain, worked as a baggage handler for AirTran at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and would help smuggle contraband onto airplanes using his security clearance.

Authorities say that working undercover in the summer of 2013, they gave Norris a backpack on multiple occasions with cocaine, drug-related money and an automatic gun.

According to agents, Norris bypassed security each time they handed him the backpacks, and would return the contraband to the undercover agents once they passed security.

Authorities say Norris was paid up to $800 each time he would bypass security.

Norris was convicted in October 2013 after he pleaded guilty.

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