Coolio Charged with Alleged Felony Gun Possession at LAX Airport
According to prosecutors, the handgun was allegedly found in the defendant's bag on Sept. 17 during a baggage screening
On Thursday, Artis Leon Ivey Jr. — better known by his stage name Coolio — was charged with weapons possession after a firearm was allegedly discovered in his backpack during a screening at Los Angeles International Airport last month.
According to a statement from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the rapper, 53, is facing one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon with two priors.
Coolio has two prior convictions: one from 2001 for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle in 2001 and another from 2009 for cocaine possession, according to the statement.
Coolio’s arraignment took place Thursday in the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s Airport Branch. Despite reports that he failed to show, a rep for Coolio says he was not expected to attend the hearing to begin with, citing a prior work commitment. “Everyone knows he has a concert in Green Bay Thursday night,” his manager Jarel Posey tells PEOPLE. “We got the OK.”
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According to prosecutors, the handgun was allegedly found in the defendant’s bag on Sept. 17 as crews screened baggage at the airport.
If convicted as charged, Coolio faces a possible maximum sentence of three years in state prison, according to the prosecutor’s office.
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.
When reached by PEOPLE, Coolio’s manager declined comment on the charges themselves. Information on whether or not Coolio has an attorney is unavailable at this time.