OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A former baggage handler at Oakland International Airport was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to 2 ½ years in prison for his part in a plot to smuggle marijuana grown in Northern California to at least 10 other states.
Keith Mayfield, 38, of Oakland, a former Southwest Airlines baggage handler, is the 11th person to plead guilty and be sentenced in the scheme, which operated at the airport between 2012 and 2015.
The 10 others who pleaded guilty included two other baggage handlers, five couriers who transported the marijuana on planes and three people who packaged and sold it.
Mayfield was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland. He pleaded guilty last year to three counts of conspiring to distribute marijuana, conspiring to launder money and violating airport security.
Mayfield admitted in his plea that on at least 40 occasions between…