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Explosives in Luggage No Joking Matter

Nov. 29, 2012

A 63-year-old Guatemalan man may have to pay $146,000 for joking about having explosives in his bag at Miami International Airport, officials said.

Alejandro Leon Hurtado appeared in court Wednesday for a bond hearing, The Miami Herald reported. He is accused of jokingly telling a TACA airline attendant that he was carrying explosives in his bag.

The state is asking for $146,000 in restitution for delays the incident caused in Concourse J at Miami International Airport.

Judge Lisa Walsh set Hurtado's bond at $7,500, but the defendant will remain in custody due to an immigration hold placed by federal officials.

Source: Copyright United Press International 2012

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