Coolio was arrested Saturday at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) after a loaded firearm was discovered in the rapper’s carry-on bag during a security screening. Coolio was charged with both possession of a firearm by a felon and suspicion of possessing a stolen loaded firearm after it was determined that the gun involved had been reported stolen, TMZ reports.
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According to police, Coolio, born Artis Leon Ivey Jr., actually boarded the plane after passing through security at LAX’s Terminal 3 when the firearm was discovered in his carry-on bag, which the rapper’s bodyguard attempted to pass through security.
“Upon arrival airport police immediately took possession of a carry-on bag in the X-ray screening belt,” airport police Officer Alicia Hernandez told the Los Angeles Daily News. “They also detained a 39-year-old man [Coolio’s bodyguard] who claimed to own the bag. Further investigation revealed that the bag contained items belonging to one of the suspect’s traveling companions who left the screening area and boarded an aircraft for departure.”
Police soon determined that the carry-on bag, and the firearm, belonged to Coolio. Police detained both the rapper and his bodyguard, but after questioning Coolio, authorities released the bodyguard without charges.
Coolio was booked into Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Station Saturday and released on $37,808 bail. He didn’t remain in jail for long as, on Saturday night, Coolio posted a video statement addressing the incident while dining at a P.F. Chang’s.
“Just wanted to say something about the little misunderstanding at the airport today. Everything’s fine, I’m fine,” the rapper said. “I don’t know what’s going to be the result of this in the future but for now, I’m fine and I appreciate everyone’s concern.”
Coolio is scheduled to perform tonight at Indio, California’s Empire Polo Club on a bill with Salt-N-Pepa and Vanilla Ice as part of the I Love the 90s Tour.
By Daniel Kreps