Rapper Freddie Gibbs has gone public with a personal habit and a personalized note from a federal baggage inspector. Gibbs claims a TSA agent found pot in his checked luggage and scribbled two words on an inspection notice: "C'mon son."
Gibbs, also known as Gangsta Gibbs, got such a chuckle from the note that he told his fans via Twitter: "The TSA found my weed and let me keep it. They just left me a note. 'C'mon Son'. Lol."
Freddie Gibbs' tweet included a photo of the alleged note, along with two baggies of alleged contraband, the New York Daily News reports. Gibbs had just taken a flight from Los Angeles to Denver.
The alleged incident took place Dec. 14 and spread quickly around the Internet, where many said it must be a hoax. The alleged TSA pot note comes two months after a similar hand-written message was found by a woman who was traveling with sex toys.
The TSA note in that incident read, "Get your freak on girl." The TSA agent who left the note was fired.
Freddie Gibbs insists his TSA pot note is real, and he seems to be enjoying the publicity. "All this fuss over a half ounce of weed. I love it," Gibbs tweeted Dec. 16. He also posted another photo of pot, this time in a prescription bottle.
TSA regulations do not specifically mention marijuana on planes, but possession of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. If a TSA inspector finds marijuana in a checked bag, the inspector is supposed to confiscate it and report it, according to TheGrio.com.
For patients who use medical marijuana with a doctor's prescription, keep in mind that a medical marijuana ID card issued by one state may not work in other states. Carrying pot onto a plane could also lead to federal drug trafficking charges, the Daily News reports.
The TSA is investigating Freddie Gibbs' alleged TSA pot note. If true, the agency will take "disciplinary steps" and report Gibbs' pot possession to law enforcement, a TSA spokeswoman said.
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