Saturday afternoon it was reported by multiple media outlets that 53-year old Artis Leon Ivey, better known by many as hip hop artist Coolio, was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) after authorities found a stolen handgun in a carry-on bag. Here’s what you need to know about the arrest and Coolio, who has now been arrested at LAX on two separate occasions.
1. Authorities found the handgun in a carry-on bag as it was being screened
The gun was detected by security screeners, who discovered the firearm in a passenger’s carry-on bag. Per the Los Angeles Times the gun, which was loaded, was determined by authorities to have been stolen. When questioned about the bag and its contents, an unnamed 39-year old male claimed that the bag was his. But authorities found that this was not the case, leading to their removing Coolio from the plane he had boarded.
Authorities soon discovered that the bag “contained items belonging to one of the suspect’s traveling companions,” who had left the screening area and boarded a departing plane, [LAX PD spokeswoman Alicia] Hernandez said.
2. Coolio admitted that the bag was his when questioned
Coolio was questioned about the carry-on after being removed from the plane, and his admission that it belonged to him resulted in his arrest. According to the Los Angeles Times both Coolio and the unidentified 39-year old male were charged with suspicion of possessing a stolen, loaded firearm, with Coolio being booked into jail on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.
3. Coolio spent just over three hours in jail before being released
Per the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department online records, Coolio’s bail was set at $37,308. He was released from jail at 4:35 p.m. local time Saturday, just over three hours after he’d been booked. Per the online records database, Coolio’s court date is set for October 13 at LAX Superior Court.
4. Coolio was also arrested at Los Angeles International Airport in 2009 for drug possession
This isn’t the first time that Coolio’s run afoul of the law at LAX. Back in 2009 Coolio was arrested on a charge of possession of narcotics after crack cocaine was found on his body. Coolio was going through security when the substance was found on his person, resulting in his being taken to jail and bail being set at $10,000. Coolio pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of cocaine, entering an 18-month rehabilitation program as a result.
5. Coolio’s most noteworthy song was “Gangsta’s Paradise,” which was on the “Dangerous Minds” soundtrack
The song, recorded with singer LV, sold more than 6 million copies and was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 1996: Record of the Year and Best Solo Rap Performance. While the song did not win the Grammy for Record of the Year (Seal’s Kiss From a Rose), it did win for Best Solo Rap Performance. Overall more than 17 million copies of Coolio’s various recordings have been sold worldwide.
He’s also appeared on television shows such as Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off and Celebrity Chopped, finishing second to Lou Diamond Phillips on the former in 2012. Coolio also appeared on an episode of Wife Swap in 2013.