Singer Sly Stone pleads not guilty to drug charge

6/15/2011, 8:43 a.m.

VAN NUYS, Calif.--Singer Sly Stone pleaded not guilty today to a drug charge stemming from his April 1 arrest in Los Angeles.

The 67-year-old entertainer is charged with one count of possession of cocaine base.

Stone, whose real name is Sylvester Stewart, was arrested about 4:10 a.m. April 1 by the Los Angeles Police Department's Topanga divsion. He was released later that day on $10,000 bail.

A July 19 pretrial hearing has been set in Van Nuys Superior Court.