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Sly Stone

Arrested for

Cocaine Possession

6/10/2011 9:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UPDATE 10:03 AM PT: Sly did not make it to court this morning -- but his attorney did ... and told the judge Sly is currently being hospitalized for heart issues. The judge ordered Sly to appear on Wednesday instead.

Sly Stone
-- leader of the group Sly and the Family Stone -- is slated to appear in an L.A. courtroom today after the singer was arrested for cocaine possession back in April ... TMZ has learned.

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Stone -- real name Sylvester Stewart -- was arrested on April 1 ... after LAPD officers say they found freebase cocaine on the 68-year-old during a vehicle search.

TMZ spoke with Sly's attorney, James Silverstein, who tells us Stone was riding in a buddy's camper vehicle with some friends  ... when it was pulled over for a routine traffic violation.

During the stop, Silverstein says, cops searched the vehicle and found the coke.

Stone was arrested and hauled to a nearby police station. He's set to face a judge in a few minutes. 

UPDATE 10:15 AM PT: After the hearing, Sly's lawyer told TMZ, "The evidence is clear that the vehicle was not his. I believe that this case his highly defensible, and Stewart should never had charges filed against him.

He added, "We firmly believe the DA will lose this case at trial without us having to put on one witness!"

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31.

Debs626    

He is a hot mess!! The photo of him is hailarious!!
Loved his music back in the day, Sly and the Family Stone was an great band..now it's time to grow up Sly!! lol...

Dance to the Music, Dance to the Music, oh man I love that song still!!!!

1234 days ago
32.

SantaFeJack    

TMZ could have a whole other site devoted to addicts...alcohol, cocaine, pot, you name it. God knows there are enough of them in the celebrity firmament.

1234 days ago
33.

Harvey's Shirt    

This is news? I thought this has been happening for 40 years now.

1234 days ago
34.

Codebreaker    

C'mon, give the n a break. You don't know if it was his dope or not. He may test clean with a urine test. Peace.

1234 days ago
35.

Cella    

If you don't know who he is - you're probably a Beiber fan. He's had his demons for a long time. Sad, the guy is a musical genius but can't clean himself up.

1234 days ago
36.

pap rat    

family sly is the KING of FUNK&SOUL so FUNK on stone at 68 to be doing anything other the sleeping is GOOD too bad he can`t afford real meds and has to use the funky ones

1234 days ago
37.

Kabala    

Stick a fork in him...

1234 days ago
38.

tellmeaboutit     

Some things never change - he's one of them.

1234 days ago
39.

Jane    

the DA might save what is left of Sly,s life by mandating Sly to be institutionalized
He is incompetent
He has Aspergers all these years.....

1234 days ago
40.

Jane    

Sly has Aspergers
That is why this is extra sad, the DA should do Sly a favor and save his life by mandating Sly be confined to a mental hospital !

1234 days ago
41.

LBjim    

What he is still alive?...This guy has nine lives. I sense ominous clouds on his next incident plus he misses concerts all the time..You think he has got a drug problem?...LOL!

1233 days ago
42.

Bobby    

Just say no, Sly! Just say NO!

1232 days ago
43.

Bobby    

Just Say No, Sly!

1232 days ago
44.

kevin lawrence     

all i can say is old habits die hard! come on sly, get yourself together. your too old for this kind of carrying on!

1191 days ago
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