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Feds: Petey Pablo KNEW His Gun Was Stolen

10/12/2010 8:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The U.S. government claims Petey Pablo is a full blown liar -- stating in legal docs the rapper KNEW he had a stolen gun in his bag when he tried to board a plane on ... of all days ... Sept. 11, 2010.

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Pablo -- real name Moses Barrett III -- was indicted by a grand jury last week after security at Raleigh-Durham International Airport discovered a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol and ammunition in his bag last month. ... and now a federal judge has issued a warrant for his arrest.

The grand jury has charged Pablo with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm and attempting to take the gun onto an airplane.

According to the docs, the grand jury claims Pablo knew he was in possession of a "concealed dangerous weapon that was and would have been accessible to him in flight."

As we previously reported, Pablo claims it was all a mistake -- insisting that he had confiscated the gun from a friend long before he packed for the airport ...  and simply forgot he had hidden it in his travel bag.

UPDATE: TMZ spoke with Pablo's rep ... who tells us the rapper was not aware of the warrant -- but now that he's been looped in, Pablo plans to surrender to authorities early tomorrow morning. 

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Rachel Rothechild    

Who did he pizz off? He can claim he did not pack his own bag but who is going to take the "rap" for that no pun intended. I feel he was set up and did not do what he is told which is bend over. Look up Boule Rappers. Or he is just stupid. The incident is so flagrant and stupid to be real. Just because he claims to be a "rapper" and so called black does not mean he is stupid.
Living in the ghetto or being poor takes skill/brains and an ongoing thought process to survive. Could you do it? Who would pack a non-registered gun that is going be discovered to board a plane. He should have booked a private plane none of this would have happen. The bottom line is no matter what he will serve long-time. He better go to Mexico and climb that wall and have is money sent to him there. Whatever, life he thought he had is over.

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