Prosecutors Plan To Use T.I.'s Prior Weapons Record Against Him

ImageProsecutors in the federal weapons case against rapper T.I. say this isn't the first time he's been caught with machine guns and silencers as a convicted felon.


As reported by the Associated Press, the prosecution filed a notice today (November 26) with the U.S. District Court in Atlanta stating it's plans to introduce evidence of three occasions when Tip unlawfully possessed guns, rounds, and a silencer, "all after having been convicted of a felony offense."

The first time T.I. (born Clifford Harris) was caught with weapons was on December 22, 2001. The rapper was arrested in Atlanta for carrying a concealed 9 mm pistol. While he allegedly gave officers the name Douglas Morgan, that arrest did not result in a criminal conviction.

The second time, he wasn't so lucky. On November 1, 2002 Tip was arrested in Henry County and later convicted for carrying a 10 mm pistol.

T.I.'s third arrest came on December 18, 2004, after officers searched his Fulton County home on a warrant and found a firearm with an attached silencer, large amounts of ammunition and photos of him posing with weapons. This incident did not result in a criminal conviction either.

Besides gun charges, T.I. also was busted for selling drugs back when he was a teen. At 17, the rapper was arrested for selling crack in Atlanta and sentenced to seven years probation, but after violating his probation on several occasions Tip had to serve a short stint in jail.

T.I. is currently under house arrest awaiting trial for his fourth weapons charge. He allegedly attempted to buy guns and silencers from an undercover agent in a drugstore parking lot during a sting operation on October 13.

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