arrested in Atlanta before the BET awards on gun charges
Rapper T.I. (Clifford Harris)
was arrested on Saturday in Atlanta, just hours before his
appearance at the BET awards.
Hip Hop singer T.I. (real name Clifford Harris) was
arrested by ATF agents on Saturday afternoon in Atlanta on
charges of buying illegal firearms. His arrest happened in a
city parking lot and according to reports, T.I. was cough
red-handed taking possession of three machine guns from his
"This convicted felon allegedly was
trying to add several machine guns to an already large and
entirely illegal arsenal of guns. Thanks to the good and quick
work of ATF, he is now in custody and his firearms have been
seized," read a statement from the U.S. District Attorney of
Georgia. According to the statement, T.I.'s arrest was the
culmination of a long undercover operation after the local
police learned that an individual was looking to buy firearms
without registration. This turned out to be the rapper's
bodyguard, who was arrested earlier by the ATF agents and claimed
that he was buying the guns for T.I. He also agreed to cooperate
with the authorities and the ATF agents made the bust at the
moment T.I. took delivery of the guns from his bodyguard.
Following the arrest, agents also raided the rapper's Atlanta
home, where they found six more unregistered firearms. He is due
in court on Monday to face the charges.
T.I. is now facing serious federal
charges and a potentially long prison sentence, according to the
U.S. District Attorney. It's a federal offense for a convicted
felon to have someone else purchase firearms on their behalf and
T.I. was already convicted in 1998 and sentenced on seven years
probation for violating Georgia Controlled Substances Act.
T.I. was scheduled to perform with
Wyclef Jean at the BET awards just hours after the arrest, but
after being booked, host Katt Williams had to fill in for him.
T.I. was unable to accept his awards and Common accepted one of
T.I.'s awards on his behalf.