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Coolio Arrested for Possession of a Loaded Firearm at LAX

by Jennifer Drysdale 6:20 PM PDT, September 17, 2016
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Coolio has been arrested.

The 53-year-old rapper, whose real rale is Artis Leon Ivy Jr., was arrested for possession of a loaded firearm at Los Angeles International Airport, ET can confirm. 

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"Los Angeles Airport Police responded to Terminal 3 for a report of a prohibited item at TSA screening," read a statemetn released by the Los Angeles Airport Police department on Saturday. 

"Upon arrival, Airport Police immediately took possession of a carryon bag in the x-ray screening belt, and detained a 39-year-old black male who claimed possession of the bag," the statement continued, referring to an unidentified man traveling with Coolio. "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."

"Airport Police detained the second suspect, a 53-year-old black male, who upon questioning claimed ownership and possession of the carryon bag," the statement continued. "Both suspects were arrested for possession of a stolen loaded firearm."

Hours after the incident, Coolio posted a video thanking his fans for their concern.

"What's up everybody? This is Coolio. Just wanted to say something about the little misunderstanding at the airport today," he began the short clip. "Everything's fine. As you can see, I'm at P.F. Chang's having a meal, and having a few drinks."

"I mean, 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 everybody's concern."

See the full video below:

ET has reached out to Coolio's rep for comment.

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