News: Coolio Arrested In Las Vegas, Thrown Behind Bars W/ Son

Friday, Mar 9, 2012 4:30PM

Written by Biz Jones

Rap veteran Coolio has been placed behind bars in the same jail as his son with reports claiming he was arrested on outstanding traffic violations Friday (March 9).

Details on the arrested began circulating online Friday afternoon.

TMZ has learned rapper Coolio was arrested in Las Vegas today ... and is currently behind bars at the same jail as his kid. Law enforcement tells TMZ ... Coolio was a passenger in a Nissan Versa which was pulled over for a routine traffic violation early Friday morning. We're told the cops ran Coolio's name in the system and noticed he had 2 active bench warrants out for his arrest stemming from multiple traffic violations. Coolio was arrested and hauled to Clark County Detention Center -- the same place where his son Grtis is rotting away for allegedly robbing some dude at gunpoint a few months ago. Coolio's bail has been set at $5,850. A court date has not yet been set. (TMZ)

The rapper's 22 year-old son has been stuck behind bars since last fall.

Grtis Ivey, 22, the eldest son of rapper Coolio who appeared on the family reality show Coolio's Rules, is locked up in a Nevada jail after he and a Vegas hooker allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint. Ivey was arrested on November 14, 2011 for allegedly busting into a Vegas apartment with a gun and forcing the victim into the bathroom, while he and a female prostitute named Shantrice Wilkerson ransacked the place. Ivey is being held without bail and is due to face a judge on Monday. (Global Grind)

Back in 2010, Coolio caught heat for not living up to his child support obligations.

A local child support agency in Los Angeles filed documents recently asking a court to order the "Gangsta's Paradise" rapper to pay $300 in monthly child support for his one-year-old son, Christopher Kal El Ivey Bellesi. But his baby mama, Anabella Bellesi, tells TMZ the child support crackdown is a necessary requirement. She says in order to apply for Medi-Cal for their son -- she must prove to the state that she has exhausted all her options. It's a good thing she has a backup plan. According to the filed docs, Coolio only earns $1,387 a month. (TMZ)

The rapper previously had a $10,000 bench warrant issued after he failed to attend a court hearing.

Rapper Coolio has escaped arrest after turning up for a court hearing on Tuesday - a day after a Los Angeles judge issued a bench warrant to have him detained. However, after showing up for the hearing on Tuesday, Coolio - real name Artis Leon Ivey, Jr. - escaped further action by proving he had adhered to the terms of his probation, including a drug rehab program. The hip-hop star is due back in court on January 18, 2011 for his next progress report. (Canoe News)

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