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Security agents find loaded gun in carry-on at Newark Liberty airport; New York man charged

NEWARK, N.J. – Police say security agents have found a loaded gun in a New York man’s carry-on bag as he prepared to board a flight at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Joe Pentangelo with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police says 40-year-old Gregory Soltanoff, of Woodstock, was charged Sunday with unlawful possession of a handgun and hollow-point bullets.

He says Transportation Security Administration officers found the .32 calibre firearm in the bag after it was screened at a checkpoint. It was loaded with six bullets. The gun was detected by a TSA officer who was monitoring an X-ray machine.

TSA officers then contacted Port Authority police, and Soltanoff was arrested. He was released later Sunday.

Airport operations weren’t affected.

A telephone call to Soltanoff’s house rang unanswered Monday afternoon.