Drug bust puts spotlight on SMO security

05/21/2010 | Santa Monica Daily Press (Calif.)

Airport officials in Santa Monica, Calif., are highlighting their tight security after federal agents found 300 pounds of marijuana on a plane that had taken off from SMO. Police Sgt. Jeff Wiles says security at SMO follows TSA guidelines and boasts a 24-hour civilian security force. "They are fully trained on airport security and safety and go through constant training with the Department of Homeland Security, ICE and different federal agencies and are in constant contact with the FAA," he says. The aviation community at SMO also provides an important layer of security, according to a spokesman for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. "At general aviation airports you are dealing with most likely a small community that knows what looks right and what doesn't," he says.

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