Keith Cozart, known as the rap artist Chief Keef, was taken into custody today after he failed two separate drug tests and will appear in court Thursday to determine whether he will go to drug treatment, officials said.
A judge on Wednesday had ordered Cozart to undergo 90 days of drug treatment at the Haymarket Center, a residential treatment center on the West Side. But Cook County Sheriff’s officials delayed sending him there pending a hearing Thursday to clarify with the judge whether he intended that Cozart be housed in a facility that is not guarded–and from which he could walk away–Sheriff’s spokesman Ben Breit said Wednesday evening.
Cozart was ordered to appear at the Skokie Courthouse on Wednesday after he failed two drug tests and tested positive for drugs, said Cook County Sheriff’s Department Spokeswoman Eleni Demertzis.
Earlier this year, Cozart was taken into custody and the judge signed an order to have him after being required to undergo random drug testing after pleading guilty to a speeding ticket he received over the summer, officials said.
The singer appeared in court again Wednesday after he tested positive for drugs and was ordered to spend 90 days at the Haymarket Center, according to Demertzis. He had been expected to begin his 90 days on Thursday, Demertzis said earlier Wednesday.
Cozart was recently released from the Cook County jail where he was sentenced on Oct. 15 to 20 days after testing positive for marijuana, officials said.
But at that time, Cozart was released 10 days earlier than his full sentence after receiving good time credit which cut his sentence in half, officials with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office have said.
Cozart, 18, paid $531 to settle the ticket he got after he was clocked going 110 mph behind the wheel of a BMW on the Edens Expressway at Winnetka Road in the early morning hours of May 27. He was placed on probation for 18 months and ordered to undergo random drug testing.
Cozart has had several legal scrapes in the last few months.
In September, he was found to be in contempt of court after failing to pay child support, according to authorities and court records.
On June 17, the day he pleaded guilty in the speeding case, Cozart was served with his second paternity suit and was also charged with trespassing at his former home in the Parkway Gardens apartment complex on the South Side. His first paternity case, which is pending, was filed in December by another woman.
Cozart was arrested last August for cannabis possession in Miami Beach, Fla. and this past May for smoking marijuana at a posh suburban Atlanta hotel.
In the Miami Beach incident, police said Cozart was caught riding in a stolen red Ferrari convertible as he celebrated his 17th birthday. According to the police report, he had a quick answer for the police sergeant who asked if he was carrying any weapons: “I have weed in my right front pocket.”
Cozart failed to show up in court in Florida because he was in jail in Chicago for violating his probation from a gun conviction. An arrest warrant is pending.
On May 20, Cozart was arrested at the Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel in Dunwoody, Ga., north of Atlanta, police said.
Security officers told police they had noticed a smell of marijuana coming from the room and called police, who arrested him for disorderly conduct, according to a police report.
By Carlos Sadovi