Scotty McCreery, the baby-faced country singer who won the tenth season of American Idol on May 25, 2011, was stopped by Raleigh-Durham International Airport police after he was found to be in possession of a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun and ammunition.

The items were spotted in the singer’s backpack by X-ray machines at the airport.

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In a report released by RDU Police to ABC11, McCreery stated that he had gone to the shooting range earlier in the day and forgot to remove the loaded weapon and rounds from his backpack before entering the airport.

He was cited with a CCW Permit Violation and released.

McCreery came to fame after winning the 10th season of ‘American Idol’ in 2011. He has gone on to a successful career in country music winning numerous awards and performing while attending NC State University.

McCreery is scheduled to perform in Biloxi, Miss. on Friday evening.

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