Lawrenceville man sentenced in fake heroin, cocaine sting

ATLANTA - A 44-year-old Lawrenceville man was sentenced Wednesday for his involvement in a fake heroin and cocaine sting with two other employees at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, officials said.

Former Transportation Security Administration employee Jon Patton and former Delta Air Lines employee Leslie Adgar, 42, of Decatur were sentenced to 10 years in federal prison by U.S. Senior District Judge J. Owen Forrester for conspiring to distribute narcotics between Atlanta and New York's LaGuardia Airport on three occasions, according to U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias.

A third individual - former TSA employee Andre Mays, 24, of Atlanta - was sentenced to 30 months of probation.

All three defendants pleaded guilty June 18.

Prosecutors said Patton worked with an undercover agent from the Drug Enforcement Administration in December to broker an initial deal transporting two kilograms of cocaine through Hartsfield-Jackson to New York for which he was paid $8,000.

Days later, Patton allegedly helped transport two kilograms of fake cocaine in a carry-on bag. In late January, Patton was involved in another deal that sent one kilogram of fake heroin and $4,500 in cash to New York in the same carry-on bag, authorities said. He was in uniform and on duty when he accepted the luggage and helped smuggle it through security.

A third and final transaction occurred Feb. 15, this time involving three kilograms of fake cocaine. Patton passed the fake drugs through security and was arrested shortly afterward.