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Rapper Coolio charged with cocaine possession

The entertainer is also charged with battery after an incident at LAX.

March 11, 2009|Richard Winton

Rapper and actor Coolio was charged Tuesday with battery and possession of cocaine after a run-in at Los Angeles International Airport.

The entertainer, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey, 45, was arrested Friday at LAX after authorities searched his luggage and allegedly found rock cocaine. Coolio grabbed a screener's arm to prevent the search, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.

He is charged with one felony count of possession of cocaine, one misdemeanor count of battery and one misdemeanor count of possession of a smoking device. He was released on bail after being taken to the Los Angeles Police Department's jail in Van Nuys.

Coolio is scheduled to be arraigned April 3. If convicted, he faces up to three years in state prison.

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richard.winton@latimes.com

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