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Judge sentences 2 Chainz to drug diversion program

Tuesday - 5/6/2014, 9:34am  ET

FILE - This Feb. 10, 2013 file photo shows rap artist 2 Chainz at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The rapper, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, pleaded guilty on Monday, May 5, 2014, to a misdemeanor count of possessing a controlled substance without a valid prescription and was sentenced to an 18-month drug diversion program that could see the case dismissed upon successful completion. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rapper 2 Chainz has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance in a case filed after his arrest at Los Angeles International Airport.

District attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison says the rapper, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, was sentenced Monday to an 18-month drug diversion program, and a felony drug possession charge was dropped.

Robison says the misdemeanor charge will be dropped if Epps successfully completes the program.

The 36-year-old rapper was arrested in June after airport officials reported finding ingredients for the cough-syrup-based concoction known as "sizzurp" in his checked baggage.

A call to Epps' attorney Leonard Levine was not immediately returned.

The Grammy-nominated rapper is best known for his hits "Birthday Song," ''I'm Different" and "Feds Watching."


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