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At the Stamford Police Department, US Attorney for Connecticut David Fein (left) and other law enforcement officials announce the arrests of TSA agents, out-of-state police officers, and alleged drug dealers from the Waterbury area in a drug trafficking bust. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

At the Stamford Police Department, US Attorney for Connecticut David Fein (left) and other law enforcement officials announce the arrests of TSA agents, out-of-state police officers, and alleged drug dealers from the Waterbury area in a drug trafficking bust. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Federal prosecutors in Connecticut say a state trooper, a police officer and three Transportation Security Administration officers based at airports have been arrested on charges of participating in a conspiracy to distribute tens of thousands of highly addictive painkiller pills.

Authorities say the TSA officers, based at airports in Florida and New York, a Westchester County, N.Y., police officer and a Florida state trooper received cash payments to help transport oxycodone pills from Florida to New York and Connecticut and/or transport cash proceeds from the sale of the drugs back to Florida.

Authorities plan to announce details of the arrests at a news conference in Stamford on Tuesday afternoon.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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