Miami TSA Screening Chief Juan Garcia Fired From MPD for Trying to Buy Sex

The Transportation Security Administration workers who keep Miami International Airport safe from terrorists, criminals, and Solange Knowles's Afro (no, really, they thoroughly searched her hair last month) earned a dubious distinction in October. According to an analysis by ABC News, the TSA had fired more agents for theft at MIA than at any other airport in the nation.

So who exactly is in charge of the guys screening baggage at MIA? Turns out one of the top administrators is a former Miami cop who left the department in 2000 after he was caught trying to solicit sex from an undercover officer.

Juan Garcia is the assistant federal security director for screening at TSA's Miami headquarters, charged with overseeing the metal-detector-operating, body-patdown-performing agents outside the gates. But until 2000, he was an 18-year veteran of the Miami Police Department who'd worked his way up to major. That all changed the night of June 24, 2000.

Garcia had spent the evening with fellow cops at a farewell party for a departing assistant chief. But just after 10:30 p.m., Garcia slowed his maroon Impala to a stop near NE Third Avenue and 79th Street and motioned to a woman lurking on the corner.

He offered her $60 and asked for a "fuck and a suck," according to internal affairs records.

Unfortunately for Garcia, the woman turned out to be an undercover officer named Ella Moore. The major was arrested and charged with soliciting a prostitute, and IA charges of conduct unbecoming an officer were also filed.

A judge later withheld adjudication on the criminal charges in exchange for Garcia completing a diversion program, and he promptly resigned from the department. IA investigators later sustained the internal charge.

Shortly after leaving MPD, Garcia landed at the federal TSA. A spokeswoman declined to comment about Garcia but sent a statement from the agency: "[Garcia] fully disclosed the charge on his application. As part of a full background check, TSA determined the charge had been dropped and therefore did not violate any hiring qualifications."

As for ABC's report — which found 29 Miami TSA agents canned for sticky fingers since 2002 — she sent a statement from the agency saying, "TSA has zero tolerance for misconduct in the workplace and takes immediate action when allegations are substantiated."

 
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fisher1949
fisher1949

Miami gets its share of TSA creeps and crimnals. Some other Miami TSA screeners have also added to the agency's stellar reputation.

TSA screener Andrew Smeal arrested for child pornography. NBC Miami – Sept 13, 2012

TSA officer, Milagros Casanas, arrested for attempted theft, battery and disorderly conduct in Key Wes Miami Herald - July 30, 2012

TSA employees Jeffrey Piccolella and Nicholas Puccio charged with trashing South Beach hotel room, shooting gun Huffington Post -  March 28, 2012

Miami TSA officer Michael Pujol and his wife charged with stealing from passengers' luggage Fox News - January 1, 2012

There have been 104 TSA workers arrested in the last 24 months including 15 arrested for child sex crimes, 30 for theft, 12 for smuggling and one for murder. TSA allows a known pedophile, Thomas Harkin, working at Philadelphia airport six months after he was exposed.

 When will America demand that this agency is replaced by a responsible agency that doesn't seek out perverts, thieves and thugs to staff its checkpoints.

 
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