A file photo of a New York City subway station...

A file photo of a New York City subway station in Times Square on Feb. 1, 2012. Credit: AP

Police say they have arrested a 26-year-old man who was trying to enter a Times Square subway station with a loaded handgun tucked into his waistband.

Travis Marks of Richmond, Va. was arrested at 42nd Street Friday evening during rush hour after New York City officers Mohammed Ahmed and Adam England say they saw him enter the subway station illegally.

Police say Marks tried to toss a plastic bag with a white powdery substance, possibly drugs, and they arrested him. Police say they found a loaded, 9mm semi-automatic handgun in his waistband.

Marks was arrested on charges of criminal possession of a weapon. He was awaiting arraignment and it wasn't clear if he had an attorney.

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