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Soulja Boy Locked Up; Hit with Felony Drug, Gun Possession Charges

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(ATLANTA) -- Soulja Boy tweeted that Tuesday would be "BUSY AND HUGE VERY HISTORICAL" because of his Soulja Boy: The Movie DVD release, but the 21-year-old rapper found himself in jail instead.  He and four others were arrested early Tuesday morning in Temple, Ga., after an alleged traffic violation caught the eye of police, leading to the discovery of "a lot of marijuana" in the Cadillac Escalade in which the group was riding.

A spokesman for Temple police tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that cash and guns were also found in the vehicle.  Published reports say investigators are trying to determine whether the men had proper licenses for the firearms.

Officers took Soulja -- born DeAndre Cortez Way -- and the others, including a hired driver, to Carrol County jail on charges of possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.  Billboard reports that police denied a TMZ report based on a source's claim that the cash and drugs found in the car were valued at around $70,000.

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Rapper T.I. Back in Federal Custody 

Moses Robinson/WireImage for Target(ATLANTA) -- Music star T.I. is back in federal custody, just 24 hours after getting out of prison.

T.I.'s attorney, Steve Sadow, tells E! the luxury coach that chauffeured the rapper on his trip to Atlanta from prison in Arkansas to a halfway house was apparently a problem for prison officials.

"We are awaiting the opportunity to quickly resolve whatever the issue may be that the Bureau of Prisons has with T.I.'s method of transportation," Sadow said.

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Rapper T.I. Sentenced to 11 Months in Jail

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Grammy-winning rapper T.I. was sentenced to 11 months in prison on Friday for violating the terms of his probation. The 30–year-old hip-hop star was arrested in September on suspicion of possession of the drug Ecstasy.

T.I., whose real name is Calvin Harris, sought leniency in the case as prosecutors pushed for a two-year sentence, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Harris faced a potential 30 years in prison for federal gun charges in 2007 when he was arrested following the Black Entertainment Television awards. He paid a $100,000 fine and was sentenced to one year in prison after completing 1000 hours of community service while under house arrest.

On September 1, Harris was stopped for a traffic violation in Los Angeles by police, who discovered drugs in his car. After his arrest Harris tested positive for opiates. He acknowledged on Friday that this was a violation of the terms of his probation.

Several character witnesses appeared in court this week on behalf of Harris, including a university professor who used his music to relate life lessons to her students, a member of Harris' Narcotics Anonymous group, and an Atlanta police officer, James Polite, who explained how Harris recently persuaded an Atlanta man not to commit suicide.

Once Harris is released from prison, he will still be on probation and face three more years if he is found in violation of the terms of his release.

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