Rapper arrested on gun charges at RDU

STAFF WRITERSeptember 11, 2010 

Petey Pablo Arrested

Rapper Petey Pablo as shown in an Aug. 2, 2004 file photo.


Triangle area rapper Moses Barrett III - better known by his stage name, Petey Pablo - was arrested Saturday morning at RDU International Airport after allegedly trying to carry a 9mm automatic pistol aboard a US Airways flight bound for Los Angeles.

Barrett, 37, of 205 Caribbean Court, Knightdale, told an airport police officer that he had forgotten the weapon was in his carry-on luggage, said RDU spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin.

Barrett was convicted of armed robbery in 1993 and served six years of a 14-year prison sentence.

He was charged Saturday with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen gun and carrying a concealed weapon. An airport police officer wrote in the arrest warrant that Barrett knew the Smith & Wesson Model 639 had been reported stolen.

Barrett, whose hits include "Raise Up" and the raunchy "Freek-a-Leek," told the officer he was en route to the MTV Video Music Awards show, said a magistrate. The show is Sunday in Los Angeles.

He was released on a $50,000 bond about an hour after he was brought to the Wake County magistrate's office.

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