T.I. Arrested On Gun Charge
October 15, 2007 at 5:23 AM (PT)
GRAMMY-winning rapper T.I. was arrested SATURDAY, just hours before he was to take the stage at the BET Hip-Hop Awards, in a shopping center parking lot where federal officials said he planned to pick up machine guns and silencers he had his bodyguard buy for him.
The arrest resulted from an investigation that began this month when a federal firearms dealer contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about a man inquiring about buying a machine gun without registering the weapon as required, according to a criminal complaint filed SATURDAY in U.S. District Court in ATLANTA.
T.I., born CLIFFORD HARRIS, is charged with possession of unregistered machine guns and silencers, as well as possession of firearms by a convicted felon. HARRIS is in federal custody, said U.S. attorney’s office spokesman PATRICK CROSBY, who would not disclose his location.