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Ex-airline worker pleads guilty in meth case

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 4:42 p.m. HST, Dec 12, 2013

A former American Airlines employee accused of using his airline credentials to bypass airport security and bring methamphetamine to Hawaii is pleading guilty.

Defense attorney Todd Eddins says Tulituafulu Tuli Maata pleaded guilty today to charges involving conspiracy and meth distribution.

Court documents allege he was an aircraft fueler who used his credentials to hand-carry five to 10 pounds of crystal meth on flights from Los Angeles to Honolulu.

He was arrested in April when he landed at Honolulu International Airport after a Los Angeles flight. The FBI says agents found three pounds of crystal meth in a bag he was carrying.

The criminal complaint says he expected to make $2,000 per pound for himself, after paying off his Los Angeles supplier.

He'll be sentenced in March.

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