NEWARK, N.J. (CBS) –– A Lehigh Valley man was arrested at Newark International Airport Saturday for trying to get through security with a loaded gun.

Authorities say they found the weapon in the Northampton native’s carry-on bag as he passed through the checkpoint — as he was headed for a flight to Cuba.

Officials say the e 9 mm semi-automatic handgun was filled with 18 bullets, including one in the chamber.

The man was taken into custody on New Jersey state weapon charges.

Weapons—including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition—are not permitted in carry-on bags. Travelers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA of up to $12,000.



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