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Coolio Charged with Drug Possession Following Airport Bust

California-based rapper Coolio has been officially charged with felony drug possession and one count of misdemeanor possession of a smoking device, following his arrest last week.

Last Friday, the 45-year-old father of six was headed on a Southwest Airlines flight out of LAX airport. A routine security search uncovered crack cocaine on his person and he was then taken into custody. According to reports, Coolio attempted to prevent the search by grabbing the arm of the security screener administering it. For that action he also faces a misdemeanor battery charge.

Famous for the 1996 Grammy winning hit ‘Gangsta’s Paradise,’ the rapper never managed to record another hit. After stepping out of the spotlight, he re-emerged in 2008 by way of his reality show ‘Coolio’s Rules.’ The show, which premiered on the Oxygen network, chronicles his life as a single parent to his children ranging from ages 15-20.

Coolio is due back in court on April 3 and if convicted faces up to three years in prison.

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    Coolio promotes Oxygen’s “Coolio’s Rules” at the the NBC Experience store on October 27, 2008 in New York City.

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