Former Miami-Dade cop sentenced to 4 years in prison for smuggling firearms

Michael Freshko helped smuggle 6 guns into Dominican Republic


MIAMI – A former Miami-Dade police officer who pleaded guilty in June to helping smuggle firearms to the Dominican Republic was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for unlawfully exporting firearms.

According to a news release by the Department of Justice, Michael Freshko admitted that he used his position as a police officer to transport firearms past the TSA screening area at Miami International Airport and would hand off the guns to a co-conspirator near the departure gates.

Prosecutors said the co-conspirator would store the guns in carry-on baggage.

The same co-conspirator would travel to the Dominican Republic aboard a commercial flight and deliver the guns to an associate, prosecutors said.

Department of Justice officials said Freshko confessed to smuggling one or more guns on Oct. 5, 2012, and multiple guns on Dec. 7, 2012.

Prosecutors said six guns were smuggled in all, including four Glock .9 mm pistols, one Sig Sauer .9 mm pistol and one Sig Sauer 5.56 rifle.

Freshko faced a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison.

He was hired by the Miami-Dade Police Department in September 2004 and was most recently assigned to the Airport District.

He was relieved of duty by the police department on Dec. 7, 2015.

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