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Rapper arrested after gun found in bag


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Rapper arrested after gun found in bag

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ATLANTA (AP) – Police say rapper Waka Flocka Flame was arrested after a handgun was found in his carry-on bag during a security scan at Atlanta’s airport.

Atlanta police say the 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Juaquin James Malphurs, didn’t have a weapons permit. He was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with carrying a weapon in a prohibited place.

He was being held in the Clayton County jail. An initial court appearance was set for Saturday morning. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Mark Howell said agents have found about 1 600 guns so far this year in bags at airport security checkpoints nationwide.

In addition to any criminal penalties, Howell says the TSA can impose a fine of up to $11 000 depending on the infraction.

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