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Passenger caught trying to smuggle pistol to Mexico City in SpongeBob SquarePants video game, Port Authority police charge

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST : Port Authority police arrested a Brooklyn man after TSA agents found parts of a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun hidden in a video game featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, among other characters, that he tried bringing onto a flight from JFK Airport.

Agents “detected something unusual” about 48-year-old Oscar Ramirez carry-on items as they passed through the X-ray machine at a security checkpoint in Terminal 1 yesterday morning, the authority’s Joseph Pentangelo told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

Removing the bottom of a Nintendo PlayStation 2 “Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots” game, they discovered a concealed piece of a Ruger handgun, he said.

Other pieces were found “tucked alongside a tripod and among his other belongings,” Pentangelo said.

Authority officers took Ramirez into custody on an illegal weapons charge, he said.

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