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Ex-officer gets probation for lying to carry gun on flights

January 17, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston police detective has been sentenced to probation for lying to federal officials so he could fly armed on personal trips and allow a friend to avoid going through airport security.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling says 53-year-old Bruce Smith was sentenced Wednesday to one year of probation and fined $7,500.

Smith agreed to plead guilty in September to making false statements to the Transportation Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security and unlawfully entering a secure airport area with the intent to evade security requirements.

Smith, a police officer since 1989, also agreed to resign.

Prosecutors say Smith flew with a weapon on about 28 trips from Logan International Airport even though he wasn’t on police business.

Smith’s attorney has said his client had no “ulterior motive” and was simply visiting his parents.

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