GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Misdemeanor charges were dismissed this week against two men who had handguns in their carry-on luggage while passing through security screening at Gerald R. Ford International Airport this spring.
The men, arrested in separate incidents, were charged with bringing a weapon into a sterile area of the airport. The offense is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Investigators determined that in both cases, the men had no criminal intent, Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth said Thursday.
"It's usually someone in a hurry, pressed for time,'' Forsyth said. "They're as surprised as the screeners.''
Airport police on April 20 arrested 51-year-old James Brian Osterhaven after the Caledonia man passed through a security checkpoint with a loaded 9mm handgun in his backpack.