Rapper Coolio denies drug charges



LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The American rapper Coolio on Friday pleaded not guilty to possessing drugs, a month after he was arrested in Los Angeles, legal sources said.
Coolio, 45, who was arrested under his real name of Artis Leon Ivey Junior, was stopped and searched in early March at the city's airport when cocaine was found in his luggage.



Rapper Coolio denies drug charges
He was also charged with misdemeanors for allegedly grabbing a screener's arm to prevent the search, and for possession of a smoking device.
The rapper is best known for the chart-topping song "Gangsta's Paradise," which became part of the soundtrack of the 1995 film "Dangerous Minds."
Coolio faces up to three years in prison if found guilty. He was released on bail and must appear before the judge again on April 20.
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Saturday, April 4th 2009
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