Flight attendant pleads guilty to attempted fentanyl smuggling at San Diego airport

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An off-duty flight attendant who tried to board a plane in San Diego International Airport with more than three pounds of fentanyl attached to his abdomen, he pleaded guilty this week to a federal drug possession charge.

Terese L. White, 41, of Dallas, admitted in a plea agreement that she flew to San Diego from Dallas on Oct. 4 while off duty and then tried to board another plane with drugs on her person, according to the court. United States Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said White tried to use the “Known Crew Member” queue to board, but was instead selected for the regular passenger screening process.

According to the complaint filed against him, he activated a metal detector and a body scanner, which alerted TSA officers to his abdomen.

Packages containing fentanyl were found attached to her. The complaint alleges that she told police that the packets were “not what you think” and that a co-worker had given her a “mercury packet” for her to use to lose weight.

White pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and is scheduled for sentencing in March. His plea agreement includes an admission that he tried to use his status as a flight attendant to commit the crime.

The City News Service contributed to this article.

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