NEW YORK (AP) — New York Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams was arrested for criminal possession of a weapon Thursday night when he attempted to board a plane, police said in a statement.
New York/New Jersey Port Authority Police said Williams, the team's first-round draft pick last season, was arrested at LaGuardia Airport around 9:15 p.m. and charged. Police said Williams has a permit in his home state of Alabama — but not in New York — for the Glock 19 pistol he was carrying onto the flight. It was not immediately known whether the gun was loaded.
New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
In this June 11, 2019 file photo New York Jets Quinnen Williams practices at the team's NFL football training facility in Florham Park, N.J. The Jets and Williams have agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $32.5 million fully guaranteed.The former Alabama defensive tackle was the No. 3 overall selection in the NFL draft in April. He missed the Jets' first practice of training camp Thursday, July 25, 2019 but is expected to participate Friday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, file)
This is a 2019 photo of Quinnen Williams of the New York Jets NFL football team. This image reflects the New York Jets active roster as of Monday, June 3, 2019 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this April 25, 2019, file photo, Quinnen Williams poses with his new team jersey after the New York Jets selected Williams in the first round at the NFL football draft in Nashville, Tenn. The New York Jets have reported for training camp without top draft pick Quinnen Williams, who remains unsigned. The sticking point appears to be the schedule of how Williams' signing bonus of about $21.7 million will be paid. The Jets hold their first camp practice Thursday morning, July 25. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes, File)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR SIRIUSXM - New York Jets first round pick Quinnen Williams visits SiriusXM NFL Radio at the NFL Draft on Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tenn. (Wade Payne/AP Images for SiriusXM)
Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) looks on prior to the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 30: Maranda Ross and Quinnen Williams attend the 21st Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration at James L Knight Center on January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 30:Quinnen Williams and Quincy Williams attend the 21st Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration at James L Knight Center on January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - JANUARY 30: Quincy Williams (L) and Quinnen Williams accept an award onstage during the BET Super Bowl Gospel Celebration at the James L. Knight Center on January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for BET)Quinnen Williams
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 08: New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) during the National Football League game between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins on December 8, 2019 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The call was reversed and the New York Jets were given a first down. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 03: Quinnen Williams #95 of the New York Jets looks on during the game against the Miami Dolphins in the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on November 03, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 06: Quinnen Williams #95 of the New York Jets looks on prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on October 6, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 06: Quinnen Williams #95 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on October 6, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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The 22-year-old Williams was being processed by Port Authority Police late Thursday night. Police said the matter will be handled by the Queens district attorney's office after Williams is released.
Williams was drafted with the No. 3 overall pick last year out of the University of Alabama. He played in 13 games as a rookie, including nine starts, and had 31 tackles with 2 1/2 sacks and a fumble recovery for the Jets.