Judge orders Chicago rapper Chief Keef to drug rehab
BY MICHAEL LANSU Staff Reporter November 6, 2013 4:02PM
Updated: December 9, 2013 10:33AM
Jailed Chicago rapper Chief Keef will be back in court Thursday to clarify the type of mandatory rehab program he must attend.
Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, appeared before Judge Earl Hoffenberg on Wednesday afternoon in the Skokie courthouse for a traffic case. Cozart pleaded guilty to testing positive for drugs while on probation, and Hoffenberg sentenced him to 90 days in the Haymarket Center.
The rapper took to Twitter just after 3 p.m., stating “In court Finna go to Jail Judge Wants to send me Back.”
Cozart was taken to Cook County Jail and was scheduled to be transferred to the rehab facility later this week. But sheriff’s police want confirmation from Hoffenberg that Cozart should be sent to Haymarket, which doesn’t have a correctional officer at the front door, instead of being kept at the jail’s rehab facility.
“Before a mistake is made, we want to be 100 percent sure the judge’s wishes are carried out,” sheriff’s office spokesman Benjamin Breit said.
Cozart, 18, will remain in custody at the jail until sheriff’s police take him back to the Skokie Courthouse on Thursday.
Cozart, who made his much-anticipated debut on Interscope records in December 2012 with the album “Finally Rich,” has been in trouble with the law numerous times this year. He gained notoriety last year for a gloating tweet sent from his account after rival Chicago rapper Joseph “Lil Jojo” Coleman was shot to death in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.
Cozart was locked up in a juvenile detention center in January for wielding a gun in a music video, which violated his probation for an earlier gun conviction for pointing a weapon at police.
He was arrested for disorderly conduct in May after security at the LeMeridien Atlanta Perimeter hotel “observed smoke and a smell of marijuana from a room,” according to police in Dunwoody, Ga. In July, he was ordered to pay a $531 fine after the Illinois State Police stopped him while he was driving 110 mph on the Edens Expy. in Northfield, according to court records.
In August, Cozart and his label, Glory Boyz Entertainment, were ordered to pay more than $230,000 to a concert promotion company based in Washington, D.C., for failing to appear at a London show in December 2012, according to court records.
Contributing: Daniel I. Dorfman