Rapper Plies arrested after TSA finds Glock in carry-on bag
By Chris Eger
Piles, whose real name is Algernod Lanier Washington, was arrested last Wednesday after screeners found a Glock 43 9mm pistol in the performer’s carry-on bag (Photo: Plies/Instagram)
Florida rapper Plies was arrested last week at Tampa International Airport after screeners with the Transportation Security Administration found a handgun in his bag.
Airport police Chief Charlie Vazquez told the Tampa Bay Times that Plies, whose real name is Algernod Lanier Washington, was arrested last Wednesday after screeners found a Glock 43 9mm pistol in the performer’s carry-on bag. Vazquez said Washington did not have a concealed carry permit, but if he did he would likely have not been arrested.
The Florida-born entertainer was released from the Hillsborough County jail later on Wednesday after posting $2,000 bail.
TMZ reports the rapper, 42, mistakenly grabbed the wrong bag on his way to the airport and admits the gun is his.
It is not the first time he has had a run-in with police over a firearm. In the aftermath of a 2005 club shooting in Gainsville that left five with non-life-threatening injuries where he was scheduled to perform, both the rapper and his brother, Ronell Levatte, were charged with a weapons violations. Levatte was later sentenced to three