Coolio Arrested On Drug Charges

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LOS ANGELES — Authorities say rapper Coolio has been released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of drug possession.

He was arrested and booked on felony narcotics possession after being stopped at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday morning.

The 45-year-old Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was released after posting $10,000 bail.

The arrest was first reported by the celebrity gossip Web site TMZ.com.

Coolio’s manager, Susan Haber, said she had not yet spoken with the rapper and could not comment.

He was scheduled to perform with rapper Tone Loc at Flytrap Music Hall on Friday night in Tulsa, Okla.

Coolio will likely reschedule the performance, and Tone Loc will extend his show to make up for Coolio’s absence, said Donnie Rich, owner of the Flytrap Music Hall.

“He (Tone Loc) is going to pick up all the slack,” Rich told the Tulsa World.

Coolio, who gained fame for his 1995 single “Gangsta’s Paradise,” was arrested in June on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for driving with a suspended license.

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