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Local rapper wanted on federal charges

Posted October 12, 2010 4:19 p.m. EDT
Updated October 12, 2010 5:54 p.m. EDT

— Rapper and Wake County resident Petey Pablo, who was arrested at Raleigh-Durham International Airport last month on gun charges, is now wanted by federal authorities.

A federal arrest warrant charges Pablo, whose real name is Moses Barrett III, with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm and trying to take the gun on an airplane.

RDU police arrested the 37-year-old on Sept. 11 after a gun was found in his carry-on luggage during a security check, said airport spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin.

He was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm. The weapon was a Smith & Wesson 639, arrest warrants showed.

Pablo was trying to catch a flight to Los Angeles for the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, according to a Wake County magistrate.

Pablo was arrested in Raleigh in 1993 on armed robbery charges and sentenced to 14 years in prison.

He is best known for his hit songs "Raise Up" and "Freek-a-Leek."