Police arrested two people who were allegedly in possession of weapons while attempting to board planes at Newark Liberty International Airport.
According to law enforcement, the two incidents occurred during the same week. The first incident involved a man who allegedly tried to board a flight headed to Dallas, Texas.
A TSA officer reportedly saw a firearm in the suspect’s carry-on bag as it moved through an X-ray on a conveyor belt.
A short time later, police conducted a search of the suspect’s bag and allegedly found a .45-caliber handgun.
Port Authority police seized the handgun and placed the suspect under arrest. The suspect, who lives in West Allenhurst NJ, was subsequently charged with illegal possession of a handgun.
Later that same week, there was another incident involving a dangerous weapon at Newark Liberty International Airport. A man from Orange NJ was allegedly busted trying to carry a .38-caliber handgun into the airport.
Port Authority police officers spotted the weapon and arrested the suspect.
If either of the suspects is ultimately convicted on the very serious weapons charges, they face severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(b), illegal possession of a handgun is a second degree crime and carries a potential sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Man Caught Trying to Carry Gun into Newark Airport, Officials Say.”