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Sources: Slain TSA officer had drugs in car

Sources: Ernesto Lluberes sold designer handbags to coworkers

MIAMI – The South Florida Transportation Security Administration officer found shot to death last week had drugs in his car and side businesses he hid from his family, sources told Local 10.

Ernesto Lluberes' wife last saw him a week ago Saturday night when he said he was leaving for his overnight shift as a TSA officer at Miami International Airport. But he had already called in sick for that shift.

About four hours later, at 3 a.m. Sunday, Lluberes was found shot to death in the driver's seat of his pick-up truck under a railroad overpass in Liberty City, more than 30 miles from home.

In his truck, crime scene detectives found drugs in powder form -- too much for one person's use -- Local 10 has learned. It's unclear whether drugs or dealing played a role in his murder.

Lluberes also peddled designer handbags, Michael Kors bags specifically, to his TSA coworkers at the airport, though it is unclear if they were authentic or counterfeit.

About the Author:

Glenna Milberg joined Local 10 News in September 1999 to report on South Florida's top stories and community issues. She also serves as co-host on Local 10's public affairs broadcast, "This Week in South Florida."