UPDATE: Federal agents and Chicago police were confiscating drugs and guns from luggage when rapper Juice Wrld suffered seizure at Midway, officials say
The officers and agents had been waiting at the Atlantic Aviation hangar at Midway early Sunday because they suspected the private plane from Los Angeles carrying the 21-year-old musician was carrying contraband, the sources said.
As they were going through two carts of luggage, the rapper — whose real name is Jarad Higgins — “began convulsing (and) going into a seizure,” sources said. An agent administered two doses of Narcan, an emergency treatment when opioid overdose is suspected.
Higgins woke up but was incoherent.Paramedics took him to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 3:14 a.m., about an hour after he landed in Chicago. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
The search turned up 41 “vacuum-sealed” bags of marijuana, six bottles of prescription codeine cough syrup, two 9 mm pistols, a .40-caliber pistol, a high-capacity ammunition magazine and metal-piercing bullets, according to the law enforcement sources. Two men identified by police as working security for Higgins were charged with illegally possessing the guns and ammunition.
No drug charges have been filed. Sources said the marijuana and codeine were found in bags that had no name tags. They said the investigation was continuing.
It was not known why federal agents were waiting for the plane, a twin-engine Gulfstream jet owned by a company in Longwood, Florida. Logs show the plane flew from Fort Pierce, Florida to Van Nuys, California, on Saturday and then on to Midway, arriving there around 1:30 a.m. Higgins was scheduled to play at the Rolling Loud Festival in Los Angeles this coming Saturday.
Chicago police said they were notified while the plane was still en route to Midway that federal agents suspected it was carrying “weapons and narcotics.” Plainclothes tactical and gang crime officers joined the agents at the hangar as the plane landed and 10 passengers — including Higgins and his girlfriend — entered the lobby along with two pilots and a stewardess, police said.
A drug-sniffing dog made a “positive alert” for bags on two luggage carts, sources said. Searches uncovered the marijuana and codeine. Henry Dean, who said he was working security, told police he was carrying two 9 mm pistols and a high-capacity magazine. A third gun, a .40-caliber pistol, was found in a camera case containing personal effects belonging to Christopher Long, but he denied the gun was his.
Around this time, Higgins began having seizures, according to sources. Police asked his girlfriend if he had any medical issues or had ingested any drugs. She replied that Higgins did not have any medical conditions, but that he “takes Percocet and has a drug problem.” Percocet contains acetaminophen and oxycodone, an opioid.
An ambulance was called while Narcan was administered.
Later, Long was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. Dean was charged with carrying a concealed firearm at an airport and possessing a high-capacity magazine and metal-piercing bullets, police said. Dean had a permit to carry a gun in Illinois, but weapons are banned from airports.
The charges are misdemeanors. Police said the state’s attorney’s office rejected felony charges for the two. S: Chicago Tribune
Juice Wrld is dead after suffering a seizure in Chicago’s Midway airport TMZ has reported.
Juice’s flight from California landed early Sunday morning and, after deplaning witnesses tell us he suffered the seizure while walking through the airport. Law enforcement sources say he was bleeding from the mouth when paramedics got on scene.
Sources say Juice (real name Jarad Anthony Higgins) was still conscious when he was transported by Chicago Fire. However, he was pronounced dead a short time later at the hospital. The cause of death is unclear at this time.
DJ Akademiks posted video captured by guys who were on a private jet with Juice as he was airborne from L.A. to Chicago late Saturday night/early Sunday morning.
This was Juice Wrld as he got on the plane that took him to Chicago last night. He was in high spirits and looked happy. pic.twitter.com/JBsuybaC9O
— DJ Akademiks (@Akademiks) December 8, 2019
More footage of Juice Wrld on his private jet which was headed to Chicago. Seems like everything was good and everyone including him was in high spirits until he landed. 😢 pic.twitter.com/ayDP0LXyeW — DJ Akademiks (@Akademiks) December 8, 2019