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'Gangsta's Paradise' rapper arrested on drug charges

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  • Grammy winner held at Los Angeles International Airport
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  • His best-known hit is "Gangsta's Paradise"
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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Grammy-winning rapper Coolio was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday on suspicion of possessing illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to a spokeswoman for the airport.

Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" was used in the movie "Dangerous Minds."

Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" was used in the movie "Dangerous Minds."

Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was taken to the Van Nuys Division station for booking, the spokeswoman said.

A source at the airport's public relations division confirmed the arrest but declined to be named.

Coolio is best known for his 1995 hip-hop hit "Gangsta's Paradise."

Efforts to reach his publicist were unsuccessful.

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