Orlando TSA worker accused of smuggling people into U.S.



ORLANDO, Fla. - A Transportation Security Administration worker at Orlando International Airport was arrested Thursday, accused of helping smuggle people into the United States.

Government agents say David Diaz-Torres participated in the illegal activities when he worked for TSA in Puerto Rico.

The U.S. Attorney's Office is still investigating to see if it happened in Orlando as well.

Diaz-Torres is accused of helping at least eight people unlawfully get into the U.S. when he worked in San Juan.

Court papers tell how a group of people smuggled undocumented immigrants into the United States.

Diaz-Torres was one of them and was employed at Orlando International Airport until this week when he was fired.

The papers said Diaz-Torres and five others would knowingly bring the immigrants into the United States at a place other than a designated port of entry.

The group smuggled the people from Puerto Rico from February to July of last year.

The suspects were rounded up over the past month.

Eyewitness News learned Diaz-Torres moved from Puerto Rico to Orlando. He worked for the TSA in both places.

A man living at the address of Diaz-Torres didn't want to talk about the arrest.

In one instance last year, they claim he helped smuggle a group of Brazilian nationals through the airport in San Juan.

They allegedly passed through the security checkpoint without being questioned or screened, then went on to Philadelphia, New York and Boston.

His neighbor, Jackie Gomez, couldn't believe the news about his arrest.

"Surprised. Shocking. You never know who lives next to you," said Gomez.

TSA said Friday that there is zero tolerance for misconduct and illegal activity among its workers.