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Man Charged with Attempting to Carry Concealed Knives Onto Airplane

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2005

Reno, Nev. - A California man was indicted Wednesday by the Federal Grand Jury on charges that he attempted to board an airplane at the Reno-Tahoe Airport with three concealed pocket knives, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

ANDREW VAN MILLER II, age 41, a resident of Brea, California, is charged with one count of Carrying a Weapon on an Aircraft. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to the court records, on June 5, 2005, MILLER allegedly attempted to travel on an Horizon Air flight departing from Reno, Nevada, to Los Angeles, California, with three pocket knives concealed in his carry-on bag that would have been accessible to him during the flight. The knives were identified during the screening process by Transportation Security Administration employees and prior to Miller arriving at the boarding area.

An arrest warrant was issued for MILLER. An initial appearance and arraignment and plea hearing will be scheduled before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the near future.

The case is being investigated by officers with the Reno/Tahoe Airport Police and Special Agents with the FBI, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul L. Pugliese.

The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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