Coolio charged after gun found in airport bag


Rapper Coolio has been charged with a felony after a gun was found in a backpack at Los Angeles International Airport.

Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr, was charged today with one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office says Coolio has two prior convictions in 2001 and 2009 for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle and drug possession.


Prosecutors say a handgun was found in Coolio's carry-on bag during security screening at LAX in September.

If convicted, Coolio faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison.

The rapper's representatives have not yet commented.