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