Coolio reaches plea deal in drug case

June 27, 2009 8:25:36 AM PDT
Rapper Coolio has pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to felony cocaine possession in a deal that requires him to spend 18 months in rehab. District attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison says the 45-year-old rapper, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey, entered his plea Friday in Superior Court.

Coolio was arrested March 6 at Los Angeles International Airport. He allegedly grabbed a screener's arm to prevent a search of his luggage.

As part of the plea deal, misdemeanor charges of battery and possession of a smoking device were dismissed.

A judge ordered Coolio to enter an 18-month drug rehabilitation program. He can request the judge dismiss his case if he successfully completes the program.

He's due back in court Sept. 28 for a report on his progress.

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