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Off Duty Officer Caught Flying Armed

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Former Boston police detective, Bruce Smith, was sentenced to a year's probation and a $7,500 fine for lying to federal officials so he could fly armed on a personal trip and let a friend avoid going through airport security.

Smith agreed to plead guilty 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.  In addition, Smith also agreed to resign from his sergeant detective position.

Smith's attorney said Smith didn't have an ulterior motive and was just visiting his parents. Prosecutors said that Smith flew with a weapon on over 28 personal trips from Logan International Airport.

The U.S. District Court Judge could have put Smith away for a decade on the airport security breach alone. His friend was not charged.

To fly armed, TSA requires law enforcement officers to pass a TSA flying armed training course and prove an opera…