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Rapper Coolio charged with a felony after gun found in bag at LAX

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 15: Coolio performs at a Starry Night for Make A Wish of Southern Nevada at Hyde at The Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 15, 2015. Credit: GDP Photos/MediaPunch/IPX

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 15: Coolio performs at a Starry Night for Make A Wish of Southern Nevada at Hyde at The Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 15, 2015. Credit: GDP Photos/MediaPunch/IPX

Authorities say rapper Coolio has been charged with a felony after a gun was found in a backpack at Los Angeles International Airport.

Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was charged Thursday with one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office says Coolio has two prior convictions in 2001 and 2009 for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle and drug possession.

Prosecutors say a handgun was found in Coolio's carry-on bag during security screening at LAX in September.

If convicted, Coolio faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison.

A call to his manager was not immediately returned.

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