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Air Traveler Sentenced for Not Declaring Firearm

Wayne Smith was sentenced Tuesday on his conviction for causing a firearm to be present in a federal facility, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

Smith pleaded guilty to the charge on June 24. In his plea agreement, he admitted that, on March 21 at the Cyril E. King airport, he was a ticketed passenger on a Jet Blue Airline flight and checked luggage in his son’s name that contained a Ruger LCP pistol and an ammunition magazine. Although he was aware that the luggage contained the firearm and ammunition magazine, he did not notify Jet Blue Airlines or the Transportation Safety Administration that the luggage contained a firearm. TSA discovered the firearm at the federal security checkpoint.

District Court Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller sentenced Smith to an 18-month term of probation and a $5,000 fine.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, Customs and Border Protection, and the Transportation Security Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Sleeper.

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Wayne Smith was sentenced Tuesday on his conviction for causing a firearm to be present in a federal facility, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced. Smith pleaded guilty to the charge on June 24. In his plea agreement, he admitted that, on March 21 at the Cyril E. King airport, he was a ticketed passenger on a Jet Blue Airline flight and checked luggage in his son’s name that contained a Ruger LCP pistol and an ammunition magazine. Although he was aware that the luggage contained the firearm and ammunition magazine, he did not notify Jet Blue Airlines or the Transportation Safety Administration that the luggage contained a firearm. TSA discovered the firearm at the federal security checkpoint. District Court Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller sentenced Smith to an 18-month term of probation and a $5,000 fine. This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, Customs and Border Protection, and the Transportation Security Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Sleeper.