LOS ANGELES — Rapper Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey, entered a guilty plea Friday to a single felony count of cocaine possession, authorities said.
The 45-year-old hip-hop artist was arrested March 6 at LAX after airport officials found cocaine in his luggage, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Jane Robison said in a written statement.
Ivey was initially also charged with misdemeanor counts of battery – for allegedly grabbing the airport official’s arm to prevent the search of his luggage — and possession of a smoking device, however those charges were dropped as part of Friday’s plea deal, Robison said.
Ivey was ordered to enter an 18-month drug rehabilitation program, and can request the case be dismissed after successfully completing it, authorities said.
The rapper is due back at LAX Superior Court on Sept. 28 for a progress report.
*ABOVE: AP photo of “Coolio”