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T.I. will stay in prison for time being for probation violation

As reported in a previous post, rapper T.I. was taken back into federal custody one day after being released from a federal prison for allegedly again violating the terms of his probation.

Apparently, it is now reported that T.I. was riding on a luxury rap tour bus to his halfway house in Atlanta and had unauthorized contact on the bus with business executives and representatives. He is accused of violating his probation by "conducting business" while en route to the halfway house, but T.I. and his wife and attorney dispute the charges and reasons for putting him in jail in Atlanta.

T.I. was serving an 11-month prison sentence for violating the terms of his probation for federal weapons charges. He violated the probation because police officers pulled over a car he was driving last fall and found him in possession of ecstasy. It was reported when he was pulled over he was driving with cups holding prescription-strength cough syrup mixed with soda.

T.I. was arrested during the stop and later found to have opiates in his system when he was tested. He was also in contact with a convicted felon. He was ordered to prison to serve an 11-month sentence. He was released after 10 months to finish his sentence in an Atlanta halfway house.

Probation officials accuse him of doing business on the bus with his manager and producers for VH1. The authorities accuse him of discussing plans for an upcoming book and reality show with the business people. The executives and T.I. dispute that business deals occurred on the bus because they say the deals went through earlier in the summer. If not earlier, T.I. should be released at the end of September.

Source: Access Atlanta, "T.I. disputes Feds' reasons for returning him to prison," Christopher Seward and Bill Rankin, Sept. 9, 2011

Source: Access Atlanta, "T.I. disputes Feds' reasons for returning him to prison," Christopher Seward and Bill Rankin, Sept. 9, 2011