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Local rapper pleads guilty to stolen gun charge

Posted March 16, 2011

— Rapper and Wake County resident Petey Pablo pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession of a stolen firearm, authorities said.

Pablo, 37, whose real name is Moses Barrett III, faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in June.

The rapper, best known for his hit songs "Raise Up" and "Freek-a-Leek," was arrested at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Sept. 11 when a security screener found a 9mm handgun in his carry-on luggage.

Investigators later determined that the gun was stolen, federal prosecutors said.

Pablo was trying to catch a U.S. Airways flight to Los Angeles for the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards when he was arrested, authorities said.


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  • Lead by Example Mar 17, 2011

    I hope the judge gives him the maximum sentence.

  • bear2010 Mar 17, 2011

    NO one told he cant take a stolen gun on a carry on...what type geniuses he hangs out with?

  • Setnitst8 Mar 17, 2011

    Raise up. No seriously, put your hands up, your under arrest. lol..

  • Bartmeister Mar 16, 2011

    There's rappers in Greenville? Bwahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kill'n me.

  • lonewolf2735 Mar 16, 2011

    Poor Petey....not!

  • Bartmeister Mar 16, 2011

    Freek-a-leek? Where do these geniuses come from? Security is at an all time high and he thinks he can "sneak" and pistol onto a plane? Jeeze, they just keep coming outta the woodwork. Brilliant.

  • same ole story Mar 16, 2011

    What another no talent rapper carrying a gun??? Are you sure you got the story straight.....

    SURE DID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bill of Rights Mar 16, 2011

    Good grief. I'd love to see the court transcripts to see what moronic excuse the defense came up with on this one.

  • beachblues1 Mar 16, 2011

    I wonder if this will make a dumb crooks TV show?

  • robjustrob Mar 16, 2011

    Another Win The Future moment brought to you by another poor excuse for a role model determined to eliminate the competition. Makes me really wanna give a flip about the VMA. Hey, you know, TI's bunk is probably still warm. Make yourself at home, PP.