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U.S. Attorney to Introduce T.I.’s Prior Weapons Charges in Federal Case

Federal prosecutors plan to introduce T.I.’s prior arrests for possession of illegal firearms, ammunition and silencers as evidence in his upcoming federal weapons trial. According to the Associated Press, the U.S. Attorney’s office made their intentions known in a motion filed today in U.S. District Court in Atlanta. All of Tip’s prior weapons charges came after he had already been convicted of a felony. The first incident occurred on December 22, 2001 when the rapper was arrested under the false name Douglas Morgan for possession of a 9mm pistol. He was not convicted in that case. Almost a year later, on November 1, 2002, Tip was arrested and eventually convicted for carrying a 10mm pistol. Finally, on December 18, 2004, police executed a search warrant at his Fulton County home and discovered a firearm with an attached silencer, ammunition and pictures of the rapper holding weapons. Tip was convicted of felony drug charges when he was 17 and sentenced to 7 years probation. He later violated the terms and ended up serving a short jail sentence. T.I. is currently free on a $3 million bond and under house arrest for charges stemming from an October 13 federal weapons sting.

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