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Feb 22,2008
Man jailed for having weapon in airport
by UPI

TAMPA, Fla. - Officials at Tampa International Airport arrested a man after they discovered him carrying a box cutter in a hollowed-out book, police said.

It was reported that Benjamin Baines Jr., 21, was charged with attempting to board an airplane with a concealed dangerous weapon. He could face a 10-year jail sentence and a $250,000 fine if convicted of the federal charge, the Tampa (Fla.) Tribune reported.

After Baines pleaded guilty Monday to a state misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon, he began serving a 30-day sentence in a Tampa jail, officials said.

Airport officials saw the box cutter Sunday during an X-ray check of his backpack, a Transportation Security Administration report said.

A security officer reportedly found the item inside a hollowed-out book called "Fear Itself."

Baines told authorities he used the book to hide marijuana and money from his roommates and had forgotten the box cutter was inside it, reports said.

Security officers also found several religious books and violent rap lyrics in the backpack, the report said.

© 2008 United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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