NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Officers made a dangerous discovery at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday.
Transportation Security Administration officers found an assault rifle in a checked bag inside Terminal C.READ MORE: Students Team Up With Local Artists To Create Mural At Bronx Public School
The rifle, along with a high-powered magazine and ammunition, was hidden behind the lining of a suitcase.
“Our TSA officers are very skilled at detecting firearms and other prohibited items,” said Tom Carter, TSA’s Federal Security Director for New Jersey. “In this case, they detected an assault rifle, which is illegal in New Jersey; a high-capacity magazine, which is also illegal in New Jersey; four boxes of hollow-point bullets, again, illegal in New Jersey; three magazines, one of which was fully loaded; and two additional boxes of rifle ammunition.READ MORE: Propane Tank Explodes, Launches Onto Roof Of Neighboring Building In Clifton
“This was an incredibly good catch on the part of our officers because the traveler attempted to evade detection by concealing the items beneath the lining of his suitcase,” Carter added.
Port Authority Police said they tracked down the passenger — a resident of East Orange.MORE NEWS: Arrest Warrant Issued After Accused Drunk Driver In Queens Crash That Killed Father Of 3 Jumps Bail
He and his travel companion were both arrested.