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Tuesday February 19th, 2013

Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon. (Getty Images) Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon. (Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers was arrested at LaGuardia Airport in New York City Monday morning after police discovered he was illegally carrying a handgun, reports NBCNewYork.com.

Bowers was arrested at an airport check-in counter after a loaded .40 caliber gun was found in his carry-on bag, spokesmen for the Port Authority and the Queens District Attorney's office said. Bowers was to board a US Airways flight to Raleigh, N.C.

Bowers was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and is scheduled to appear in court Monday night. A team spokesman said Bowers is declining comment as the organization investigates. Bowers, a second-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, finished the 2012 season with 10 tackles and three sacks after missing the first six games with a torn Achilles tendon.

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