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Coolio Pleads Guilty, Heading To Rehab

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Last Friday (June 26) in Los Angeles, West Coast rapper Coolio pleaded guilty to cocaine possession.

 

The verdict stems from the rapper’s arrest on March 6 at Los Angeles International Airport.

 

Coolio was attempting to board a flight when authorities found the illegal drug in his luggage.

 

At the time of his apprehension, Coolio was also slapped with a resisting arrest charge for tussling with officers.

 

Under the terms of his plea deal, Coolio (Artis Leon Ivey, Jr) will report to an 18-month drug rehabilitation program.

 

Successful completion of this program will prevent the Grammy winner from serving a maximum three year jail sentence.

 

In addition, Coolio’s other charges of battery and possession of a smoking device have been dropped. The rapper has completed 7 albums in his 15 year career.

 

Of those LPs, 3 have been certified by the RIAA: It Takes a Thief (Platinum), Gangsta’s Paradise (2X Platinum), and My Soul (Gold).

 

His latest album, Steal Hear, was released last October.

 

Coolio’s most recent work was an early 2009 stint on the UK’s “Celebrity Big Brother” reality series.

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