Rapper Waka Flocka Flame has been arrested for bringing a gun through airport security. The incident took place at an Atlanta airport on Friday, October 10th.
The 28-year-old was making his way through security at Hartsfield-Jackson airport when a routine scan alerted personnel that he was concealing a weapon in his luggage. A further investigation of his baggage resulted in a loaded handgun being produced, upon which time Waka Flocka Flame was placed under arrest for not having a permit to carry such a device. He was subsequently charged with the carrying of a weapon in a place that prohibits such a thing, and taken to jail in Clayton County.
It is not yet known whether or not Waka Flocka Flame was released on bail, or the amount of bail posted if this was the case. Waka Flocka Flame’s attorney gave a statement to popular gossip website TMZ shortly thereafter, in which she stated that the whole thing was a misunderstanding and that her client had never intended to bring the weapon into the airport in the first place. She claims that the rapper had accidentally grabbed his fiancee’s bag on his way out the door, and that the gun in question actually belonged to her. The fiancée in question gave the reasoning that the pair are currently in the middle of a time-consuming move, which led to their things being mixed up and thus the weapon ending up in the bag to begin with. It is not yet clear whether or not the appropriate authorities in this case have considered this as a reasonable means of explanation for the charges laid out against Wacka Flocka Flame.
Waka Flocka Flame, real name Juaquin Malphurs, is not the first entertainer to bring a weapon through airport security in the past few weeks. Just one week ago, fellow rapper Too Short fled a California airport after he realized he had accidentally brought a loaded gun through security. Reports stated that Short had already taken off his shoes and socks, as well as put his wallet and other belongings in the security bin to run through the routine scan, when he realized his mistake. Rather than face questioning by airport security, the 48-year-old chose to exit the premises as quickly as possible, leaving his footwear and cash behind.
Upon fleeing the airport, Short drove off in his car before phoning his lawyer for assistance. The lawyer in question told his client to merely keep going on his way, and assured him that the situation would be taken care of. The lawyer then went to the aforementioned airport and persuaded authorities to merely present Short with a ticket for a misdemeanor possession of firearms, and not pursue the matter by arresting him. The rapper subsequently went to a nearby airport and left via private jet, in order to avoid any further conflict.
It remains to be seen whether or not authorities will decide to take further action against Waka Flocka Flame after his arrest for bringing a loaded gun to an Atlanta airport. Further details have yet to be revealed.
By Rebecca Grace