Miami-Dade officer pleads guilty to gun running charge

A former Miami-Dade police officer pleaded guilty last week to a conspiracy charge in connection with a gun running scheme to the Dominican Republic.

Michael Freshko, 48, admitted to smuggling several weapons through Miami International Airport in 2012 with a co-conspirator, according to the plea agreement.

Freshko was arrested last month and charged with conspiracy.

“As part of his guilty plea, Freshko admitted that after receiving firearms from a co-conspirator, he used his official position as a MDPD officer to transport the firearms past the passenger screening area and into the portion of Miami International Airport that housed the departure gates,” says a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida.

Freshko admitted to smuggling four Glock 9mm pistols, one Sig Sauer 9mm pistol, and one Sig Sauer 5.56 rifle past security. He then delivered the weapons to the co-conspirator, who put the firearms into carry-on luggage and flew to the Dominican Republic.

Freshko was relieved of duty in 2015. In accordance with the plea deal, he’s agreed to resign from the Miami-Dade Police Department, and relinquish police certifications issued by the state of Florida.

He faces up to five years in prison, and up to three years of supervised release. Prosecutors have agreed to ask the judge for four years imprisonment.

Last week, Judge Darrin P. Gayles signed off on an order allowing Freshko to travel to Orlando for three days. The former officer will visit the “tourist attractions” in the area with his live-in girlfriend and her 9-year-old daughter.

He’s due to be sentenced on Aug. 25.

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