Coolio pleads not guilty in drug case

April 3, 2009 5:52:48 PM PDT
Rapper Coolio has pleaded not guilty to drug possession and battery charges. The 45-year-old rapper, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey, entered his plea during an arraignment in Los Angeles on Friday.

He was arrested last month at Los Angeles International Airport, and later charged with felony cocaine possession and battery and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. Coolio allegedly grabbed a screener's arm to prevent a search of his luggage.

The "Gangsta's Paradise" rapper remains free on bail and has been ordered to return to court on April 20.

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