TSA catches artfully concealed assault rifle, ammunition in checked bag at Newark Liberty International Airport

Local Press Release
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
TSA officers at Newark Liberty International Airport detected this assault rifle and ammunition artfully concealed in the lining of a traveler’s suitcase on July 20. (TSA photo)

NEWARK, N.J. – Transportation Security Administration officers caught an assault rifle with a high-powered magazine and an arsenal of ammunition artfully concealed behind the lining of a suitcase Monday, July 20, while they were conducting screening operations of checked baggage at Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal C.

“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. 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 her suitcase.”

When the TSA officers detected the weapon and ammunition, they immediately alerted the Port Authority Police, who tracked down the passenger, a resident of East Orange, New Jersey, and her traveling companion, who were in the terminal near their departing gate. Police confiscated the weapon and ammunition and arrested both individuals.