Chicago (AP) — A federal agent who was at a Chicago airport to search a private plane which rapper Juice WRLD as well as his entourage had arrived in administered the opioid antidote Narcan to the performer, who briefly woke up incoherent however later died, authorities said Monday.
The plane carrying the 21-year-old rapper, who was named top brand new artist at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards in May, as well as about a dozen additional people landed at Midway International Airport at around 2 a.m. Sunday. Federal agents as well as city police officers, acting on a tip which a private plane coming coming from Los Angeles to Midway was carrying guns as well as drugs, were waiting, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Monday.
During a search in a private hangar, a drug-sniffing dog made a “positive alert” on luggage carts which were loaded with bags coming from the plane, Guglielmi said. Inside, they found multiple bags of suspected marijuana, several bottles of prescription cough syrup, three guns, metal-piercing bullets as well as a high-capacity ammunition magazine, he said.
The rapper, whose real name was Jarad Higgins as well as who was coming from the Chicago suburb of Homewood, went into convulsions during the search. One of the agents administered Narcan after the rapper’s girlfriend said he had been taking Percocet, an opioid painkiller, Guglielmi said, confirming a report from the Chicago Tribune. Higgins woke up however remained incoherent, the paper reported. He was rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at about 3:15 a.m. Sunday.
An autopsy was completed Monday however the toxicology test results were still pending, the medical examiner’s office said. Foul play will be not suspected in his death.
None of the dozen or so people on the plane admitted to carrying the drugs, however detectives were conducting a forensic analysis to determine which bags belonged to which passengers, he said, adding which two security guards who on the plane were arrested on misdemeanor gun charges.