Rapper Plies was arrested on a charge of carrying a concealed firearm at Tampa International Airport just after noon Wednesday, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office online records.
The 42-year-old rapper, whose real name is Algernod Washington, hadn’t posted his $2,000 bond as of early Wednesday evening. Washington lives in the Tampa suburb of Wesley Chapel.
Washington was going through the TSA checkpoint when agents spotted what looked like a weapon in his carry-on bag, said Emily Nipps, a Tampa airport police spokeswoman.
“They saw a 9 mm pistol in a bag and what appeared to be a loaded magazine next to it,” she said.
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The Transportation Safety Administration’s website states about traveling with firearms, “You may transport unloaded firearms in a locked hard-sided container as checked baggage only. Declare the firearm and/or ammunition to the airline when checking your bag at the ticket counter. The container must completely secure the firearm from being accessed. Locked cases that can be easily opened are not permitted.”
In a video posted to Instagram account twentyy.sixx and reposted by The Shade Room, the rapper is seen speaking with TSA staff in front of a metal detector and then being put into handcuffs.