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Coolio charged with felony after gun found in bag at Los Angeles airport

Rapper Coolio arrives at Spike TV's "Guys Choice 2015" at Sony Pictures Studios on June 6, 2015 in Culver City, California. Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

LOS ANGELES – 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.

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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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