Rapper T.I. was taken into custody about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, after federal agents and U.S. Marshalls raided the rapper’s home in College Park, located 15 miles southwest of Atlanta.
The witness who has been his bodyguard since July was arrested earlier on Wednesday after purchasing three machine guns and two silencers from an undercover ATF agent. The bodyguard later agreed to cooperate with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives by having a series of phone calls with T.I. which were recorded by authorities. Authorities stated that on Wednesday, Clifford “T.I.” Harris arranged for his bodyguard to pick up $12,000 in cash from a bank to use in buying the guns. In a statement the bodyguard told authorities he was purchasing them for Harris, and had bought about nine guns for him previously.
T.I. who is already a convicted felon and on probation, is not allowed to own guns.
According to additional reports, several other guns were found in a vehicle he was driving and police who had a search warrant alledgedly found six additional guns, five loaded within his bedroom closet.
Due to this T.I. was unable to perform at the BET Hip-Hop Awards the night of October 13th. BET Hip-Hop Awards is scheduled to air October 17.
On November 2, T.I. will appear in the movie “American Gangster,” starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.