According to local news website WRAL.com, the rapper was arrested at around 6 a.m. at Raleigh-Durham International Airport after airport security found a Smith & Wesson 639 in his carry-on luggage. He was reportedly attempting to board a flight to Los Angeles for Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. The MC (born Moses Barrett III) was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon. Pablo posted $50,000 bail and has a court date on Monday. The rapper reportedly gave out his CDs to jailers before he left.
The arrest isn't the rapper's first run-in with the law. Before launching his music career, Pablo served six years of a 14-year prison sentence for selling drugs.
Known for high-energy hits like "Freek-A-Leek," Pablo kicked off a successful music career with the help of the Timbaland-produced "Raise Up" in 2001. His debut LP, Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Album, and the follow-up, Diary of a Sinner: 2nd Entry, debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 in 2004. The rapper also guested on Ciara's debut single, "Goodies."
In 2005, Pablo teamed up with Death Row honcho Suge Knight for the album Same Eyez on Me. The Southern hitmaker's partnership with the West Coast mogul was unexpected, but Pablo explained his views about their working relationship in an interview that year with MTV News.
"If you accept what life is supposed to be, then there's things that'll happen in your life that you won't fully understand until later on in life. But when the understanding comes at the end of the day, everything that you ever had questions about will be no more," Pablo said. "What God put together, let no man take it apart."