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T.I. back in federal custody after another probation violation

Rapper T.I. was taken back into federal custody less than one day after he was released early from a federal prison to finish his probation-violation sentence in a halfway house. Agents with the Federal Bureau of Prisons apparently took issue with the luxury bus that T.I. boarded to be transported to his halfway house. 

T.I. was serving an 11-month prison sentence for violating his probation last fall. T.I. was arrested following a traffic stop during which illegal drugs were found in his possession. The rapper had asked for leniency in the case, but the judge was not willing to let T.I. off easily and sent him back to prison.

T.I. had been given a second chance already, the judge had said, because T.I. was allowed to avoid prison on a federal weapons charge if he paid a fine, stayed under house arrest, completed community service and followed all terms of his probation.

T.I. was found during the traffic stop in possession of ecstasy and tested positive for opiates. He was also in contact with a convicted felon, which was an additional violation of his probation.

The fact that T.I. was allowed to avoid prison the first time was an experiment, and the judge was not willing to be lenient the second time. T.I. violated those probation terms when he was found with drugs in his possession, and he was sent to prison to serve his sentence for the weapons charges.

T.I. had left prison on Wednesday and was transported in a luxury bus to his halfway house. It is not certain why the bus may have violated his probation. He insists no alcohol or drugs were used on the bus.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "T.I. back in prison after luxury-bus ride to halfway house," Christie D'Zurilla, Sept. 2, 2011

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