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Son of Miami Prosecutor Arrested

August 16, 2002

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MIAMI (AP) _ The 18-year-old son of Miami-Dade County’s top prosecutor was arrested Thursday for allegedly trying to carry marijuana onto a flight to Puerto Rico.

Justin Rundle was about to board the flight with his mother, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, and her sister when screeners at the Miami airport found a pipe and 3 grams of suspected marijuana in his pocket, police spokesman Robert Williams said.

Justin Rundle was allowed to board the American Airlines flight, but an airline official later made him return to the gate.

Martha Pantin, an American Airlines spokeswoman, declined to comment on why the teen was allowed to board the plane. ``The bottom line is this person did not depart on the flight,″ she said.

The boy was released to his father. Police said his mother did not accompany him to the police station and did not leave on the flight.

Ed Griffith, a spokesman for the state attorney’s office, said it was a ``private matter″ and he did not have any information.

Last year, Justin Rundle was charged with driving under the influence and careless driving after he crashed a car registered to his mother into a ditch. His driver’s license was suspended for six months, he paid a fine of $1,150 and performed community service.

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