Man Arrested at JFK Trying to Run Gun Through Jif Peanut Butter Jars

A Rhode Island man found himself in a sticky situation at New York’s JFK airport – after he was caught trying to smuggle a disassembled weapon through security into jars of peanut butter, officials said .

Transportation Security Administration authorities said an officer found parts of a .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun wrapped in plastic and stuffed inside two separate jars of Jif peanut butter in the passenger’s checked baggage on Thursday.

The gun’s magazine was loaded with bullets, officials said Friday.

The man’s luggage set off an alarm in Terminal 8’s x-ray unit. TSA officials notified Port Authority police who confiscated the luggage and arrested the unidentified man.

It was not known where the man was flying.

The gun was found disassembled and stuffed inside two jars of peanut butter.

“The parts of the gun were cleverly concealed in two jars of smooth, creamy peanut butter, but there was certainly nothing smooth about the way the man attempted to smuggle his gun,” said said John Essig, TSA Director of Federal Security for JFK Airport. statement.

“Our officers are doing their job well and focused on their mission, especially during the busy holiday travel season,” Essig said.

The man faces a civil penalty of up to $15,000.

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