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Woman Plants Gun, Ammo in Boy’s Toys to Set Up Ex at Airport

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(WARWICK, R.I.) -- Transportation Security Administration officers made a dangerous find Monday afternoon when a man and his child were attempting to fly from Rhode Island’s T.F. Green Airport.

A disassembled .40 caliber pistol and a magazine with a pair of bullets were found hidden inside stuffed animals in the 4-year-old boy's carry-on bag.  The pistol could have been made operational in moments by anyone familiar with it.

TSA agents confiscated the "artfully concealed" weapon -- but let the flyer and his son board a Pinnacle Airlines flight to Detroit, because they figured out the situation was a set-up, according to ABC News affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston. 

Officials say the man's wife apparently stuffed the contraband into the toys to get her former husband busted. The couple has been tangled in a bitter custody dispute.

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