Rapper Beanie Sigel was sentenced on Wednesday in a Delaware County court due to drug charges he received back in August when police pulled over the car he was riding in and searched it. The former protege of Jay-Z will serve as many as 23 months in prison for the charges.
According to a Philly.com report on March 6, Sigel, real name Dwight Grant, is currently serving two years in federal prison for failing to pay $348,000 he owed in taxes. Now he can add six to 23 months on top of that for drug charges. Those charges came back on Aug. 29, 2012 when Sigel was arrested with a friend during a traffic stop in Pennsylvania.
The stop was due to the driver, Gerald Andrews, following another car too close. He was also swerving in and out of his lane. A search was made after the car was pulled over which revealed a loaded gun hidden in the car's center console along marijuana and prescription pills. Sigel was the passenger in the car and asleep when it was pulled over, but was found in possession of unlabeled codeine syrup and $4,650 in cash.
Sigel was arrested for the matter just two weeks before he was to begin serving his federal prison bid for the tax evasion. His friend, Gerald Andrews, was sentenced for drug possession and sent to state prison for a maximum of five years.
Beanie Sigel was formerly a member of the Roc-a-Fella roster along with Jay-Z and Memphis Bleek. Sigel's latest hip hop album was "This Time" on the Ruffhouse/EMI label, and was ironically released in August of 2012. The album included guest appearances from Junior Reid, Akon, Young Chris, and Game.