His recent bust on federal weapons charges may be his most high-profile transgression and may earn him his biggest sentence. But presently housebound rapper T.I. was quite the recidivist when it came to playing with illegal firearms, with a laundry list of arrests that are gonna sound even worse in court than they look on paper.
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.
Federal prosecutors plan to air all of this out at T.I.’s trial, provided they win a motion filed earlier today. Also, “Douglas Morgan”? That’s a pretty lame alias, even for a guy lazy enough to differentiate his alter egos with nothing but a dangling “P.”