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