Police: Man arrested after TSA detects concealed handgun, ammunition at Newark airport

TSA officers at Newark Liberty International Airport detected a handgun and ammunition concealed inside a Pennsylvania man’s baggage yesterday.

News 12 Staff

Dec 15, 2021, 12:54 PM

Updated 910 days ago

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Police: Man arrested after TSA detects concealed handgun, ammunition at Newark airport
TSA officers at Newark Liberty International Airport detected a handgun and ammunition concealed inside a Pennsylvania man’s baggage yesterday.  
The gun was found taped and wrapped in an ace bandage along with a handful of bullets that were detected inside a hollowed-out bar of soap.  
The items were detected among the traveler’s other belongings inside his checked bag.  
When the TSA officer spotted the items, Port Authority Police were contacted and the man was called to return to the airline check-in counter.  
Port Authority Police arrested him on a weapons charge.  
He told officials that the gun was given to him by a deceased relative and he was planning to take it to Lagos, Nigeria. 
“This individual knew what was in his checked bag and he intentionally attempted to conceal both the gun and ammunition to bring overseas,” says Thomas Carter, TSA’s Federal Security Director for New Jersey. “In addition to screening carry-on bags, TSA officers also screen all checked baggage before it is permitted to be loaded onto an airplane. This was a good catch on the part of our officers.” 


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