Coolio was arrested on Tuesday afternoon in Lawndale, California by Lennox Station deputy sheriffs on misdemeanor weapons and narcotics charges, as well as for two other infractions - driving with an expired license and driving on the wrong side of the street. He was cited and released a few hours later, but will have to appear in South Bay Court on October 21 to face these charges.
According to the police, Coolio, whose real name is Artis Ivey, was spotted driving a 1996 Hummer on the wrong side of the road and was pulled over. The officer asked him for his license and found that it had already expired. The officer then told Coolio that his vehicle would have to be towed at this point, to which the officer asked the rapper if he had any weapons in the car. Coolio said yes, and a semi-automatic pistol with a magazine of 9-mm rounds was found.
Also, a bag of marijuana was discovered as well. If convicted, Coolio faces up to one year on each of the two misdemeanor
charges plus fines and fines only on the infractions.
A spokesperson for Coolio's management firm, Crystal Dragon Entertainment, says that the story is somewhat misconstrued and that the rapper had just dropped off his children at their mother's house and was on his way to meet his wife and manager, Josefa Salinas, at a shooting range when he was picked up by police. The spokesperson also says that Coolio had previously lent the vehicle to a friend and that the marijuana found was not his.
At the time of his arrest, Coolio had phoned an employee of the management firm to come to his aid on the side of the road to take possession of the car so that it would not be towed.