Coolio Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Drug Charge

Coolio Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Drug Charge
Coolio
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updated 04/03/2009 at 02:00 PM EDT

originally published 04/03/2009 02:25PM

Apparently Coolio is not so cool with drug charges against him: The rapper pleaded not guilty to all charges, including possession of cocaine, in a Los Angeles courtroom Friday.

The rapper, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey, was arrested on March 6 at Los Angeles International Airport after police searched his luggage and allegedly found the drug.

Coolio, 45, grabbed a luggage screener's arm to prevent the search, prosecutors allege. In total, he faces one felony count of drug possession and two misdemeanors: battery and possession of a smoking device.

Coolio, best known for his 1995 hit Gangsta's Paradise, has appeared recently on several reality TV shows, including Celebrity Fear Factor, and hosted the online program Cookin with Coolio.

If convicted, he faces up to three years state prison. His next court date is April 20.

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