Benzino is not a man who travels light! He travels loaded, and by loaded I mean with a loaded gun! The former Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star was arrested last night for trying to sneak a loaded gun through airport security. Just who exactly was he afraid would be on his flight – Joseline?!
According to law enforcement Benzino, aka Raymond Scott, was planning to board a flight at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport but when he dropped his carry-on bag on the security checkpoint conveyor belt, TSA immediately noticed a suspiciously-shaped item. Suspiciously-shaped as in it looked like a gun. A .9mm to be exact. A loaded .9 millimeter to be exactly exact.
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When TSA probed further they discovered Benzino’s gun had 7 rounds in the magazine! Of course you can travel with guns if they are declared and properly secured, but they cannot be loaded.
Benzino, who was
headed to Iran to defend against terrorists – NOT to LA for a new television project, was instead hauled into security where he was then arrested says TMZ. He never made it on his flight, unfortunately. Instead he got a private flight to the local jail and was released on $3,000 bail.
Benzino will be charged with a misdemeanor and must appear before a judge. “It was an honest mistake,” the former reality star insisted. “The gun is registered in my name, it’s a misdemeanor charge and will be dismissed.”
“I should have checked my bag first but I forgot, not that serious,” Benzino’s explanation continued. “I DO NOT HAVE FELONY RECORD, that’s why I am able to purchase firearms and will continue to be able to do so.”
If you recall, Benzino was fired from L&HHATL for allegedly making death threats against another Stevie J and Joseline, who definitely not at all, would never retaliate or instigate! He is also dealing a $5 million-dollar tax debt to the IRS.
TMZ has both a photo of the mugshot and the gun, if you’re so inclined. Benzino defended himself on Instagram this morning by dismissing the incident as a “mistake.”
“Wow in the NY daily news today…. People make mistakes, that’s why they had to change the law to make it more lenient for people because it happens so much, so don’t be fooled by the hype of the blogs,” Benzino seethed, sharing the above photo. “It happened to the vice pres of IBM but you never heard of that lmao!! I can’t be DEMONIZED cause I walk with GOD”
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[Photo Credits: WENN & Instagram]