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Man in Miami scare once accused of hauling plague

Posted by Paige Bresky --email

MIAMI, FL (AP) --- A senior law enforcement official says the scientist detained at Miami International Airport because of a suspicious item in his luggage had once been charged with illegally transporting bubonic plague.

The official told The Associated Press on Friday that no dangerous material was found on 70-year-old Thomas Butler after he was detained Thursday night. He was released Friday.

Butler was acquitted of illegally transporting the deadly germ, which he was accused of doing while teaching at Texas Tech in 2003.

But he was convicted of fraud and served a two-year sentence.

The official said Butler cooperated fully after he arrived on a flight from the Middle East.

The official requested anonymity because he wasn't authorized to release the information.

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