TAMPA, Fla. — Rapper Plies was arrested at a Florida airport Wednesday after authorities said a gun was found in his carry-on bag, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Plies, whose real name is Algernod Lanier Washington, was arrested at Tampa International Airport. Washington, 42, was going through a security checkpoint around noon Wednesday when a Transportation Security Administration agent saw what looked like a firearm inside his black-colored backpack as it went through the X-ray machine, airport police Chief Charlie Vazquez said.
Airport police found an unloaded Glock model 43 and a loaded magazine in another section of the backpack, WTVT reported.
Washington, 42, is from Wesley Chapel, a Tampa suburb. He told police he bought the gun at a pawn shop and it was registered to him, the television station reported. However, he did not own a concealed weapons permit, according to his arrest affidavit. He likely would not have been arrested if he had one, Vazquez told the Times, even though carrying a weapon into an airport terminal violates Florida law.
Washington was arrested for unlicensed carrying of a concealed weapon. He was released from the Hillsborough County Jail after posting a $2,000 bail.
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