The bad guys are dressing up like the good guys and making it past high level security at key transportation centers. Examples just out in the open this week: A man who passed himself off as a U.S. Marshal was able to enter the international airport in San Diego with a “prisoner” after convincing airport security officers he was a federal agent, a TSA spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration said in a telephone interview that an investigation has revealed that someone who presented “falsified law enforcement documents” was able to get past security and eventually make it to a gate with a prisoner. The man was wearing clothing with “Federal Agent” printed on it, had a badge around his neck, a gun belt, and displayed an apparent handgun. The spokesman said Tuesday that investigators confiscated two pellet guns from the man, one of which they believe was used during the incident. At the Jacksonville, Fla., seaport, it turned out that a security guard was illegal alien. The Jacksonville port security guard had all the trappings of police work: a deputy’s badge, handcuffs, and police lights on the grille of his Crown Vic. The 31-year-old was arrested Tuesday morning at the port’s Blount Island terminal by Jacksonville police and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on a charge of possession of a firearm by an illegal alien. They said he was a Brazilian alien who lied to get his job at the port and his Florida driver’s license. According to the complaint filed by Customs and Border Protection, the man began working at the Blount Island facility last month and was noticed by a Jacksonville police officer during a routine check of people entering the terminal.
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