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Police: Man tried to smuggle handgun parts on plane to Mexico

Oscar Ramirez, 48, of Brooklyn, was arrested Wednesday,

Oscar Ramirez, 48, of Brooklyn, was arrested Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, and charged with criminal possession of a firearm after he allegedly tried to smuggle gun parts on a flight out of Kennedy Airport to Mexico City, Port Authority police said. Photo Credit: AP

A Brooklyn man was arrested Wednesday at Kennedy Airport after, authorities said, he tried to smuggle gun parts onto a flight to Mexico City -- hidden inside a video game system.

Oscar Ramirez, 48, of 45th Street, was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, Joe Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority police, said Thursday.

Police said that Transportation Security Administration agents found parts of the disassembled .22 caliber semiautomatic Ruger handgun concealed among components of a PlayStation 2 game system as well as alongside a tripod and mixed with other belongings.

The incident occurred at the security checkpoint in Terminal 1, as officials said the agents "detected something unusual" among the carry-on items sent through the X-ray machine by Ramirez.

Some components were concealed in a box adorned with the SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon character and labeled as a Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots game.

Ramirez was awaiting arraignment late Thursday afternoon.

With Ellen Yan

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