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Arrests at the Miami International Airport

Since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, airports around the country have instituted a zero-tolerance policy regarding state and federal law violations. Miami International Airport (MIA) is no exception.

Law enforcement officers at Miami International Airport are adamant about issuing notices to appear in court, or even making arrests, especially for prohibited items violations. Many of these arrests are made by the Airport District Police for offenses such as bringing a prohibited item in carry-on luggage. Those prohibited items can include a concealed weapon such as a knife or firearm. In many of these cases, the passenger did not realize that the prohibited items were in a carry-on bag.

Charges for the criminal offense of possession, in Florida, require knowledge, yet MIA law enforcement officials have detained individuals even when the circumstances failed to fully indicate the requisite knowledge.

Now, with President Trump's executive order banning Muslims and protests erupting at airports all across the country, including at Miami International (MIA), law enforcement officers at the MIA police department, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP) will likely be even more intolerant of airport security violations.

Attorney for Airport Security Violations in Miami, FL

If you or someone you know has, unfortunately, been detained or arrested at Miami International Airport for any reason, call an attorney experienced in criminal defense and immigration. Call attorney E.J. Hubbs for more information about how to best defend airport violations.

E.J. Hubbs has offices in South Miami, on Sunset Drive and an office in North Miami, located on 123rd Street. He takes cases in Miami-Dade County in the surrounding cities of Coral Gables, South Miami, Pinecrest, Dadeland, Kendall, The Crossings, and Palmetto Bay, Florida.

Call (305) 665-9040 now to schedule an appointment to speak one-on-one with attorney E.J Hubbs.

Common Crimes at Miami International Airport

The most common kinds of crimes allegedly committed at MIA include the following:

Many of these offenses are prosecuted in Florida state courts. Considering that many people travel from other parts of the country, going back and forth to defend against criminal charges can be a hassle.

Facts about Law Enforcement at the Miami International Airport

With more than 40 million passengers and 2 million tons of cargo moving through the Miami International Airport each year, MIA is one of the busiest airports in the world. The Airport District enhances its enforcement through bicycles, Segways, and golf carts that provide better response times and higher visibility. The Miami-Dade Police Department's Airport District also uses a Motorcycle Squad to provide the airport locality with traffic enforcement in areas not easily accessible by marked/unmarked vehicles. 

The Airport District uses two Canine Units to provide explosive ordinance detection canine services to the MIA. Multi-agency operations involving the Airport District, the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, and federal law enforcement personnel.

Additional Resources

Miami-Dade Police Department - Learn more about the Airport District Police at the Miami International Airport (MIA). Find out more information about the various units within the MDPD including the K-9 unit, incident containment team, specialized projects, and operations unit, criminal analysis unit, crime suppression team. The general investigations unit of the Miami-Dade Airport Police Department also maintains a Crime Analysis Unit (CAU) with an Intelligence Analyst and a Community Service Officer.

Statistics on Airport Arrests - Find a blog written by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) about 2014 incidents at the airport involving firearms and other dangerous weapons. The article shows that in 2014, 2,212 guns were discovered in carry-on bags. Many of the top ten airports in the United States for the discovery of handguns were in Florida including the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport with 49 firearms, the Orlando International Airport with 47 firearms, and Tampa International Airport with 49 firearms. More than 17 firearms were seized at the Palm Beach International Airport in 2015. Mirroring a national surge in concealed-weapon-permit holders, airport gun cases jumped 22 percent last year. According to the blog article on the TSA website, 83% of those cases involved loaded firearms compared with 17% unloaded firearms.

Miami International Airport Crime Stoppers - Visit the Miami International Airport website to find information on the Special MIA Crime Stoppers Tip Line: 305-471-TIPS (8477). Many criminal investigations at the airport begin after a tip from an anonymous tip.

TSA discovers 2,212 firearms at the airport

Find an Attorney for Airport Security Violations in Miami-Dade County, FL

Traveling can be stressful. Being detained at the airport can elevate that stress and fear exponentially. If you or someone you know has been detained or arrested at Miami International Airport, call a criminal defense lawyer who can help you get you the best results in your case.

E.J Hubbs also represents clients detained at the International Airport in Miami by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) because of immigration issues. Call attorney E.J. Hubbs for more information about how to best defend airport violations.

E.J. Hubbs takes cases in Miami-Dade County in surrounding cities of South Miami Heights, Cutler Bay, Princeton, Redland, Leisure City, Homestead, and Florida City.

Call (305) 665-9040 now to schedule an appointment to speak one-on-one an experienced criminal defense attorney.

This article was last updated on Tuesday, June 19, 2017.

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