Russian Man with Knife Arrested in Miami Airport


Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) - Police arrested a Russian man at Miami International Airport who they said had cigarette lighter that doubled as a switchblade in his carry-on bag.

Georgy Suliva, 38, was charged Wednesday with carrying a concealed weapon.

He arrived in Miami on a United Airlines flight from Rio de Janeiro and was trying to board a connecting flight to New York City.

Suliva told authorities he lives in Staten Island and the switchblade lighter was a souvenir.

Suliva passed through security in Brazil and proceeded through federal immigration and customs stands in Miami before X-rays and metal detectors at United's security checkpoint found the knife.

On Tuesday, authorities arrested an Iranian national carrying a loaded gun at the same airport. Iradj Eftekharipour, 37, arrived on a flight from Caribbean nation of St. Maarten and was transferring to a flight to Washington, D.C.

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