By Carlos Sadovi
4:41 PM EDT, October 15, 2013
Keith Cozart, known as the rap artist Chief Keef, was sentenced to 20 days in Cook County Jail this morning after testing positive for marijuana, officials said.
Cozart had been required to undergo random drug testing after pleading guilty to a speeding ticket he received over the summer, said Sophia Ansari, a spokeswoman for the Cook County Sheriff's office.
He was ordered to jail during a hearing at the Skokie Courthouse, Ansari said. Officials earlier said he was sentenced to 10 days.
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.
Last month, he was found to be in contempt of court after failing to pay child support, according to authorities and court records.
Cozart was supposed to appear in court Sept. 5 before Domestic Court Judge Mary Trew in a 2012 child-support case, records show. Cozart’s next court date is Oct. 21. If he fails to appear in court, the judge could issue a warrant for his arrest in that case, Ansari said.
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.
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