Lawfuel – The Law Newswire – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorn…

Lawfuel – The Law Newswire – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, announced that on June 1, 2007, a complaint was filed against Henry Clay Woods, Jr., alleging that Woods had attempted to place a loaded firearm on a flight he was boarding that day at Miami International Airport (MIA).

According to the complaint, Woods was flying out of Miami to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Prior to his expected departure, Woods checked in two pieces of luggage, both of which were subject to routine x-ray inspection by Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) officials. During the course of this inspection, TSA officials noticed what appeared to be a firearm inside one of the suitcases Woods had checked. Upon closer inspection, TSA officials discovered a fully-loaded Smith & Wesson .38 Special Revolver concealed inside a box of detergent, which, in turn, was located inside the suitcase.

The revolver and a box of .38 ammunition, which also was located inside the suitcase, both had been wrapped in aluminum foil. Officials also confirmed that six rounds out of the ammunition box were missing, and this number matched the number of ammunition in the cylinder of the revolver.

Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Benton Curtis.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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