News: UPDATE: Beanie Sigel Immediately Starts 2-Year Jail Bid, "Federal Authorities Will Take Him Into Custody"
Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 9:45AM
State Property's Beanie Sigel no longer has the luxury of waiting nearly two weeks before starting his two-year jail sentence on a tax evasion conviction and has been forced to begin the bid immediately.
According to reports, Sigel's Wednesday (August 29) morning arrest on gun and drugs charges has forced the Federal authorities' hand.
"At this point, the Federal authorities will take him into custody and he'll begin serving the sentence that he was going to start on September 12 anyway," Sigel's longtime attorney Fortunato N. Perri told XXL. "He had bail set on the new charges, but the Federal authorities have issued a detainer--a warrant, essentially--that will transfer him to Federal custody and he'll start serving his sentence." (XXL Mag)
Fellow Philadelphia rapper Cassidy recently talked to SOHH about Sigel's publicized woes.
"Yeah, that's a sad situation because you know Beanie is from my city. He was one of the first cats to get on and get it popping and take it to a whole other level, and he's really lyrical," Cass told SOHH. "It's sad that he has to go away for the [tax evasion conviction] situation. Everything happens for a reason, so hopefully he'll be able to build from the time where he's sitting down. Be able to develop. Learn more about himself. Learn more how to move when he finally gets the opportunity to get back out here, so when he does get back out here he can take it to a whole other level. That's definitely sad. I don't wish nobody to go to jail. I've been there before. I know what that life's like, and it definitely ain't a fun place to be so it's sad to see him have to go away." (SOHH)
Yesterday, Ruffhouse Records CEO Chris Schwartz issued a statement on Beans' takedown.
"Obviously, we're very disappointed. However, Beanie has done nothing but display the utmost professionalism in all the initiatives related to the promotion of his new release. Beanie obviously has been struggling with some personal issues, and we continue to support him now and throughout his impending incarceration." (Statement)
Reports of Sigel's arrest hit the Internet early Wednesday morning.
Police say Sigel, 38, whose real name is Dwight Grant, was a passenger in a Ford Fusion that was initally pulled over for driving erratically on I-95 southbound near Exit 8 in Tinicum Township. Upon further inspection, Pennsylvania state troopers found several prescription bottles and a small amount of marijuana on the driver. Sigel was arrested after troopers confiscated more than $4,600, a bottle of codeine syrup with a scratched off label and prescription pills wrapped in plastic bags, according to authorities. Troopers also found a firearm in the center console of the Ford. Both are convicted felons and neither is allowed to possess a gun. (NBC Philadelphia)
Check out a recent Beanie Sigel interview below: