Beanie Sigel sentenced on Delco drug charges

Posted: March 08, 2013

The South Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel was sentenced Wednesday in Delaware County Court to six to 23 months on drug charges stemming from an August arrest.

Sigel is already in federal custody, serving two years for failure to pay about $348,000 in taxes.

On Aug. 29, Sigel and a friend were arrested by state police after a traffic stop on I-95 in Tinicum Township.

The driver, Gerald Andrews of Philadelphia, was pulled over for following another car too closely and swerving out of his lane.

During a search, Andrews was found to be in possession of several prescription pills and a small amount of marijuana. Sigel, who was asleep when police pulled the car over, was in possession of a bottle of unlabeled codeine syrup and $4,650 in cash. A loaded gun was found hidden in the car's center console.

The two were charged with gun and drug offenses.

Sigel pleaded guilty before Judge Michael F.X. Coll to possession of a controlled substance. The more serious firearms charges were dismissed, according to records.

Andrews pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm was and sentenced to 21/2 to five years in state prison, according to Emily Harris, spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office.

Sigel's arrest came just as he had launched his latest album and two weeks before he was to report to federal prison.


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