On Friday night, T-Pain was reportedly busted for having a gun in his carry-on bag at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. TMZ reports the luggage was flagged during the main checkpoint screening, and was found to contain a loaded Smith & Wesson .380. TSA agents alerted officers, who reportedly removed the firearm and took T-Pain aside for questioning.
The publication reports the gun was found inside the backpack of his bodyguard. Officers continued the investigation at the Atlanta Police Airport Precinct, where they determined T-Pain was the rightful owner of the weapon. After T-Pain provided his permit to carry, he and his bodyguard were released.
It’s unclear if the bodyguard will face charges for carrying a weapon at the airport; however, T-Pain did share a photo of an Atlanta PD lock box, suggesting he was in some kind of trouble.
“#BitchIMightBe a tad bit late to #Lubbock #TX today. Things at the Atlanta airport are getting........... eventful,” he wrote in the caption.
T-Pain was scheduled to co-headline the BACK 9INE Fest in Lubbock, Texas, on Friday night.
"On August 31, 2018, at approximately 1:40 P.M. while going through the main domestic checkpoint, a firearm belonging to Faheem Rashad Najm (T-Pain) was located in a grey backpack carried by Carlos Aleili Flores. Flores was identified as Najm’s bodyguard. Flores was detained at that time," Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's media relations said, per HipHopDX. "Flores and Najm were relocated to the Atlanta Police Airport Precinct to continue the investigation. Najm advised that he was the rightful owner of the firearm and provided his valid permit to carry. Najm’s weapon was returned to him, and no charges were filed. Flores was also released, and an investigation will continue to determine if he will face further charges for possession of a weapon at a TSA checkpoint."
Juelz Santana was arrested for a similar incident nearly six months ago. New Jersey officers issued a warrant for the rapper's arrest, after security found a loaded gun inside his carry-on at Newark Liberty International Airport. Santana fled the scene shortly after the firearm was discovered, and turned himself in several days later. He has since pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon as well as carrying a weapon on an aircraft. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 12. If convicted, he could spend up to 20 years in prison.