Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade cop charged with conspiring to smuggle guns to the Dominican Republic at MIA

A Miami-Dade police officer assigned to Miami International Airport used his position to evade security checks and help smuggle at least six guns into the Dominican Republic, according to charges filed in federal court Monday.

Michael Freshko, 48, was charged with conspiracy, which is punishable with up to five years in prison.

Freshko, who was hired by Miami-Dade police in 2004 and promoted to sergeant in 2010, was assigned to the airport until December 2015 when he was “relieved of duty” and placed on desk-duty, according to the department.

On Oct. 5, 2012, and Dec. 7, 2012, Freshko allegedly received firearms from an unnamed co-conspirator and used his official position to get them past the screening area and to the airport's departure gates, according to the charging document.

Freshko then gave them to a co-conspirator, who put them in carry-on luggage, records show. The co-conspirator then would deliver the guns to an associate in the Dominican Republic.

The smuggled firearms included four Glock .9 mm pistols, one Sig Sauer .9 mm pistol, and one Sig Sauer 5.56 rifle.

It was not clear Tuesday night whether Freshko was still employed with the department. No attorney was immediately listed for Freshko.

Juan Perez, director of the Miami-Dade police department, said in a statement Tuesday that “integrity is the hallmark of the Miami-Dade Police Department as evidenced by our collaboration in this investigation.”

“We are committed to the highest performance standards and ethical conduct, thus anyone who blemishes our badge will be held accountable for their actions,” he said.

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