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Federal agents uncover drug smuggling ring at McCarran
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LAS VEGAS -- Federal agents have broken up a drug smuggling ring operating through McCarran International Airport.

An indictment obtained by the I-Team shows three men, Darren Cole, 47, Dewane Blue, 37, and Bryan Bledsoe, 36, were involved.

According to the indictment, Blue gave the drugs to Bledsoe who was a US Airways employee and worked at McCarran. As an employee, Bledsoe would bypass security then pass the drugs off to other travelers, who took them to Alaska and other states. 

In the most recent incident, the indictment alleges the men transferred the drugs from one another in a men's room, one of the few places in the airport where there are not surveillance cameras, and put it inside a carry-on bag.

It's unclear how many drug runs were made, but suspected money was seized on at least four occasions, according to court documents.





According to federal agents, Bledsoe was arrested in June with 10 kilograms, or about 22 pounds, of cocaine in his bag. The Drug Enforcement Administration informed the Clark County Department of Aviation about the suspected drug transfers. 

At the DEA's direction, Bledsoe remained on the job at US Airways while agents gathered more evidence. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash were sent from Alaska back to Las Vegas, agents said.

Bledsoe was taken into custody Tuesday night an is no longer working at McCarran. Bledsoe and Blue are scheduled to be arraigned in Las Vegas Wednesday afternoon.

Cole is in custody in Alaska.

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