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Former Delta Worker To Change Plea In California-Hawaii Meth Trafficking Ring

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Delta Air Lines employee accused of using her security credentials to help a meth trafficking ring operate between California and Hawaii is changing her plea.

Sifatutupu Fuamatu is scheduled Friday to withdraw her not guilty plea in federal court in Honolulu. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Loo says she's expected to plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Court documents say Fuamatu was a ramp agent who bypassed security checkpoints to smuggle hundreds of thousands in drug money from Honolulu to Los Angeles.

A criminal complaint alleges Walter Dominguez paid her to transport the money. The complaint says he used Delta and Transportation Security Administration employees to put 30- to 40-pound drug shipments in already screened luggage checked in by a courier.

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