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A Miami-Dade police officer is accused of smuggling guns through Miami International Airport, federal officials announced Tuesday.
Officer Michael Freshko was charged with conspiracy to unlawfully export firearms from the United States to the Dominican Republic. The 48-year-old made his first appearance in federal court Tuesday.
The FBI teamed up with Miami-Dade Police Department to investigate Freshko.
The officer received firearms from a co-conspirator, then used his position as an officer to get the guns through the TSA checkpoint, federal officials said.
Freshko would go to the departure gate to return the guns to the co-conspirator, who in turn would place the firearms in a carry-on baggage and travel to the DR. The alleged smuggling occurred on Oct. 5, 2012 and on Dec. 7, 2012.
Federal officials accuse Freshko of smuggling six guns to the DR, including four Glock .9 mm pistols, one Sig Sauer .9 mm pistol and one Sig Sauer 5.56 rifle.
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