Rapper Coolio faces jail after being charged with possessing gun at airport

Rapper and actor Coolio has been charged with felony firearm possession stemming from his arrest at Los Angeles International Airport last month, the Los Angeles Times reports. At the time, police said airport security personnel found a stolen, loaded gun in a bag belonging to Coolio as it went through the X-ray machine. He's been out on bail since then.

Rapper Coolio has been charged after a handgun was allegedly found in his rucksack at Los Angeles international airport. The 53-year-old could be jailed for up to three years if convicted after the weapon was discovered while his bags were being X-rayed. Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey, faces one count of possession of a firearm. He was scheduled to appear in court in LA on Thursday, but did not turn up. His lawyer told the judge his client had a performance in St Louis and could not get back in time.

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The gun was reportedly loaded when it was discovered hidden inside a book in September. Initially, police detained a 39-year-old bodyguard who claimed the bag was his before they identified items inside belonging to Coolio. The rapper, who is most famous for his 1995 track Gangsta's Paradise, now has to appear at court on 26 October. In 2001, he was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle and in 2009 he was convicted of possessing cocaine.

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Rapper Coolio charged with felony after loaded gun is found in his bag at LAX, authorities say

Rap artist Coolio was charged Thursday with a firearm violation after a handgun was found in his carry-on bag during a security screening at Los Angeles International Airport, officials said.
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