Charges Dropped in Cop's Airport Security Violation

Prosecutors dismissed charges against a recently terminated Opa-locka police officer who was charged with an airport security violation, a defense attorney said.

In October, then-Officer German ''G.B.'' Bosque, a North Miami resident, was accused of packing an undeclared loaded handgun in the cargo luggage at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport; Bosque said his girlfriend packed the bag and he didn't know about the gun.

On Feb. 23, state prosecutors dismissed the case, said Bosque's attorney, Michael Dutkoy.

''The state couldn't prove that I was supposed to have knowledge,'' Bosque said by telephone Monday.

Bosque, 41, said he wasn't sure if the charges were directly tied to his termination from the force a couple of months ago.

On Jan. 27, Opa-locka City Manager Jannie Beverly ended the 11-year officer's employment after she reviewed the findings of the force's Internal Affairs division.

Beverly's letter didn't cite a specific case, but Bosque, who had been suspended since March last year, said four investigations had been opened on him, which included the alleged beating of a prisoner at the station house.

On this matter, another attorney for Bosque, James Casey, notified then-Police Chief James Smith that, on behalf of the Police Benevolent Association, he filed a grievance complaint Feb. 1 on grounds that the city didn't have just cause to fire the officer.

Bosque is also requesting full back pay, seniority and benefits to which he says he's entitled.

A message left at Opa-locka City Attorney A. Quinn Jones' office Thursday was not returned by deadline time.

Bosque's termination came at a critical juncture for the police department.

In an effort to curb rampant crime, Beverly put Chief Smith on indefinite paid leave last month and replaced him with James Wright.

Wright worked as an officer for Miami-Dade police for 19 years.

He resigned last month as a lieutenant to take the Opa-locka job.

Wright, who was sworn in Feb. 25 and officially started Monday, will get $98,500 per year, plus a 5 percent step increase, according to his contract.

The contract, however, has not yet been approved by the Opa-locka City Commission; Beverly pulled the item from a recent commission meeting.