A TSA screener at Newark Airport was recently busted in a major heroin den near
her workplace — still wearing her spiffy, government-issued uniform, authorities
said. Samirah Saunders, 22, and two other women were collared in the March 6 raid
at 86 Wainwright St. in Newark, just around the corner from an elementary school
and a spot where cops found a load of ready-for-street-sale heroin, according to sources
and court records. Two other suspects, Gavin Barker, 23, and Mariyah Sanders, 20,
were also arrested. It wasn’t clear whether Saunders was still on duty or was going to
or from work. She’s accused of helping to distribute the 1,400 packets of heroin, stamped
“Green Lantern” and “P Dope” in green ink, confiscated from the apartment, according
to court records. The fact that the pad was near a school resulted in Saunders’ being hit
with an additional felony charge of possessing or distributing heroin within 1,000 feet of
a school. In her mug shot, a somber Saunders was still wearing her blue TSA uniform
blouse, adorned with black epaulets. Her lawyer, James Pomaco, insisted that his client
went to the apartment just to say hello to the other women.
“She was at the wrong place at the wrong time,’’ he said.
#ReallyTho – I guess he meant she got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time…