Rapper T.I. Busted on Machine Gun Charge

Fed agents find weapons 'arsenal'

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 14, 2007 9:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – Rapper T.I. has a good excuse for missing BET’s Hip Hop Awards: He was in jail. Federal agents busted the rapper yesterday after they found an illegal "arsenal" of machine guns in his home, said law enforcement authorities. As a convicted felon, it’s illegal for the self-proclaimed “King of the South” to own any gun.

T.I. was reportedly betrayed by his bodyguard, who agreed to cooperate with authorities after attempting to buy machine guns from an undercover federal agent, CNN reports. The bodyguard arranged for police to meet T.I. in a shopping center parking lot, where they arrested him without incident, officials said. T.I. had been nominated for more awards than any other performer at the BET show.

Rappers T.I. performs at the BMI Urban Music Awards held at the New York-New York hotel casino in Las Vegas on Friday, Sept. 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Rappers T.I. performs at the BMI Urban Music Awards held at the New York-New York hotel casino in Las Vegas on Friday, Sept. 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)   (Associated Press)
Rapper T.I. performs at the BMI Urban Music Awards held at the New York- New York hotel Casino in Las Vegas in this Friday, Sept. 7, 2007 file photo. Federal authorities executed a search warrant Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007 at the Atlanta home of Grammy Award-winning rapper T.I....
Rapper T.I. performs at the BMI Urban Music Awards held at the New York- New York hotel Casino in Las Vegas in this Friday, Sept. 7, 2007 file photo. Federal authorities executed a search warrant Saturday,...   (Associated Press)
In this image from video, the East Point, Ga., home of the rapper T.I., whose given name is Clifford Harris, is shown as agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives search inside on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007. (AP Photo/Jason Bronis)
In this image from video, the East Point, Ga., home of the rapper T.I., whose given name is Clifford Harris, is shown as agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives search inside...   (Associated Press)
In this image from video, Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gather outside the East Point, Ga., home home of the rapper T.I., whose given name is Clifford Harris, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007. (AP Photo/Jason Bronis)
In this image from video, Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gather outside the East Point, Ga., home home of the rapper T.I., whose given name is Clifford Harris, Saturday,...   (Associated Press)
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