Prison time started earlier than expected for Rapper Beanie Sigel.
According to TMZ, Beanie, most known for his work with rappers Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg, was arrested earlier Wednesday morning in Philadelphia on gun and drug possession charges. This arrest comes two weeks before he was to begin a two-year prison sentence on tax evasion charges.
Beanie Sigel was sentenced back in July to two years in prison for failing to file tax returns for the years 2003, 2004 and 2005 resulting in more than $700,000 in backed taxes. Beanie plead guilty to the tax evasions charges, telling the judge he accepted “total responsibility”. Beanie told the judge that family members spent most of his earnings while he was serving time in prison in 2004 and 2005 for other drug and gun charges.
During his July sentencing, Beanie told the court, “I haven’t been able to get my career back on track since.”
Before his most recent arrest, Beanie was to report to prison on September 12 to begin his sentence for the tax evasion charges.
Beanie and an unnamed driver now face charges of gun and drug violations stemming from an August 29 arrest.
Police busted Beanie Sigel and the driver with a car full of drugs, cash and a gun. According to police, the driver had numerous prescription bottles, several pills wrapped in plastic bags in a cigarette pack, and marijuana in his/her possession.
Cops found a bottle of codeine syrup with the label scratched off and $4,650 in cash in Beanie’s possession. Cops also located a gun in the center console.
Both Beanie Sigel and the driver are convicted felons and are prohibited from possessing a firearm.
In a statement to TMZ, Chris Schwartz, CEO of Bernie’s record label Ruffhouse Records, said, “Obviously we are very disappointed…Beanie has been struggling with some personal issues, and we continue to support him now and throughout his impending incarceration.”
It is unknown how these current charges will affect his upcoming prison stay.
South Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers
If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges, including felon in possession or tax evasion charges, the Strom Law Firm can help. The Strom Law Firm represents clients in both federal and state courts. Our South Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers will fight to clear you name. Fill out a web form or call us today to see how we can help you. 803.252.4800.