A man on his way to Cuba on Christmas Eve was arrested at Miami International Airport after security personnel found a loaded stolen gun on his possession, authorities said Friday.
Juan Manuel Baldoquin, 48, was passing through the Transportation Security Administration, as he was preparing to board a Vision Airlines flight to Havana, Cuba, when authorities found the weapon.
About 6:40 a.m., a TSA agent saw the outline of what appeared to be a firearm in Baldoquin's fanny pack while at concourse G's TSA X-ray checkpoint.
Miami-Dade police officers searched Baldoquin's posessions, and found a .25 caliber, semi-automatic Raven Arms pistol.
"That is my firearm, I honestly forgot that I was carrying the firearm," said Baldoquin, according to police.
Detectives found out the weapon had been reported stolen in 1996, in West Palm Beach.
"Anyone who takes a weapon into MIA will get arrested," warned Miami-Dade Detective Javier Baez.
Baldoquin was being held on a $10,000 bond on charges of grand theft of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.