Rapper Beanie Sigel faces weapon charges in Pennylvania

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ESSINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police say rapper Beanie Sigel has been arrested on weapon and drug charges near Philadelphia.

Troopers say Sigel was in a car pulled over for a traffic stop early Wednesday on Interstate 95 in Tinicum Township.

Police say they found a gun in the car’s console. They say both Sigel and the driver are felons banned from having such weapons.

Sigel also faces drug charges after troopers say they found him carrying prescription pills and codeine syrup.

Sigel’s lawyer did not immediately return a call for comment.

The 38-year-old rapper is already scheduled to begin a two-year prison sentence Sept. 12 for failing to pay federal taxes.

His real name is Dwight Grant. His latest album, called “This Time,” was released Tuesday.

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