Rapper Coolio Arrested After Airport Security Finds Loaded Gun

The artist was booked on suspicion of possession of a firearm by a felon

Rapper Coolio has been arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after security found a loaded gun in a carry-on bag during a screening.

According to the Associated Press, LAX police were alerted Saturday morning by the Transportation Security Administration, and they arrested a man who claimed the carry-on was his.

According to airport police officer Alicia Hernandez, the bag contained items that belonged to the man’s traveling companion who had already boarded an aircraft. The man was later identified as Coolio, who was then booked on suspicion of possession of a firearm by a felon.

The man with the carry-on bag was released.

The 53-year-old rapper, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., is best known for his 1995 hit “Gangsta’s Paradise.” According to the Los Angeles Times, Coolio was arrested at LAX in 2009 when authorities allegedly found rock cocaine in his luggage.

Coolios’ rep has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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