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DOJ Press Release on T.I. Arrest

10/13/2007 10:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

United States Attorney David E. Nahmias
Northern District of Georgia

CLIFFORD HARRIS, a/k/a "T.I.," ARRESTED ON FEDERAL FIREARMS CHARGES

Arrest Comes After Harris, a Convicted Felon, Accepted Delivery of Machine Guns and Silencers; Additional Guns Found In Harris' Vehicle and House

Atlanta, GA CLIFFORD HARRIS, 27, an entertainer also known as "T.I.," of College Park, Georgia, was arrested in Atlanta at approximately 2:30 p.m. today by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), as he allegedly took possession of three machine guns and two silencers. Three other firearms were found in the vehicle HARRIS was driving. ATF also executed a federal search warrant at HARRIS' house at 4XX Creekview Lane in College Park, finding six additional firearms in his bedroom closet.

United States Magistrate Judge Linda T. Walker issued a federal criminal complaint after the arrest and search, charging HARRIS with the felony offenses of (1) possession of unregistered machine guns [and silencers] and (2) possession of firearms by a convicted felon. HARRIS will be held in federal custody over the weekend and then will make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan J. Baverman at the United States Courthouse in Atlanta on Monday, October 15, at a time to be determined by the court. The United States Attorney's Office and ATF will hold a short news conference afterward at a location to be determined.

"Machine guns pose a serious danger to the community, which is why they are so carefully regulated," said David E. Nahmias, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. "The last place machine guns should be is in the hands of a convicted felon, who cannot legally possess any kind of firearm. This convicted felon allegedly was trying to add several machine guns to an already large and entirely illegal arsenal of guns. Thanks to the good and quick work of ATF, he is now in custody and his firearms have been seized."


"This investigation developed very quickly," said Vanessa McLemore, Special Agent in Charge of ATF's Atlanta Division. "We learned only this Wednesday that the cooperating witness was allegedly buying the machine guns for Harris. The cooperating witness told Harris on Thursday that he had obtained the items, and on Friday Harris made it clear that he wanted them delivered to him today. Harris then agreed to meet and took possession of the machine guns this afternoon. He now faces serious federal charges and a potentially long prison sentence."

According to U.S. Attorney Nahmias and the information filed in court: On October 2, 2007, an employee of a federal firearms licensee advised ATF that an individual was seeking to purchase a machine gun without registering the weapon as required by law. The individual was directed to an ATF agent acting in an undercover capacity, posing as a machine gun dealer. Last Wednesday, October 10, 2007, the individual was arrested by ATF after purchasing three unregistered machine guns and two silencers from the undercover agent in exchange for $2,200 and a pistol. The individual then agreed to cooperate with ATF, including with respect to his purpose for obtaining the firearms.

The cooperating witness (CW) advised the agents that he was purchasing the machine guns on October 10 on behalf of CLIFFORD HARRIS, aka "T.I.," an entertainer for whom the CW had been working as a bodyguard since July 2007. The CW admitted to straw purchasing about nine firearms for HARRIS and about 17 firearms for other persons on previous occasions. Firearm purchase records confirm that the CW has purchased about 25 firearms over the past 18 months. The CW said that HARRIS gave him cash to buy guns on four occasions. HARRIS asked the CW to purchase the firearms for him because HARRIS has a prior felony conviction and therefore cannot lawfully purchase or possess firearms under federal law, while the CW could lawfully obtain guns.

According to the CW, he purchased a Calico 9mm pistol on September 6, 2007, and delivered it to HARRIS at HARRIS' house on Creekview Lane, where he also saw multiple firearms in a safe in the walk-in closet in HARRIS' bedroom. The CW next purchased a Smith & Wesson .500 caliber revolver for HARRIS on September 18, 2007, delivering it to an associate of HARRIS' to give to HARRIS. On or about September 26, 2007, the CW purchased seven more firearms, three rifles and four handguns, using $7,000 in cash provided by HARRIS, and delivered the firearms to HARRIS at the Creekview Lane house.

Finally, last Wednesday, October 10, 2007, HARRIS arranged for the CW to pick up $12,000 in cash from HARRIS's bank, telling the CW to use the funds to purchase machine guns for HARRIS. The CW was arrested later that day when he attempted to purchase three machine guns and two silencers from the undercover ATF agent.

After agreeing to cooperate with ATF, the CW had a series of telephone calls with HARRIS, which were recorded by ATF with the CW's consent. On Thursday, October 11, 2007, the CW called HARRIS to say that he had"everything for you," referring to the machine guns he was supposed to purchase on Harris' behalf; HARRIS replied affirmatively.

On Friday, October 12, 2007, HARRIS called the CW. The CW asked HARRIS when he wanted to take delivery of what the CW had, and HARRIS told the CW that he would take delivery today, Saturday, October 13, 2007.

After the CW left HARRIS a message this morning, shortly after noon HARRIS called the CW to arrange the pick up. At approximately 2:22 p.m., HARRIS met with the CW in a shopping center parking lot in midtown Atlanta to take possession of the firearms. The meeting was recorded by ATF. The CW entered the vehicle that HARRIS was driving and displayed to HARRIS the two silencers and three machine guns that the CW had purchased from the undercover ATF agent on October 10. When the CW explained the function of one silencer, HARRIS said "no flash, no bang." The CW and HARRIS also discussed the selector switch of one of the machine guns, which switches the gun from semi-automatic to fully automatic fire. HARRIS also asked the CW for "change leftover" from the $12,000 that he provided the CW to purchase the firearms.

HARRIS was arrested without incident. A subsequent search of the vehicle located three other firearms, including one loaded gun tucked between the driver's seat where HARRIS had been sitting and the center console.

Shortly after the arrest, ATF agents executed a federal search warrant for HARRIS' house at 429 Creekview Lane in College Park. In a walk-in closet in HARRIS' bedroom, the agents found six more firearms (three rifles, two pistols, and a revolver), including three of the guns that the CW had said he purchased for and delivered to HARRIS in September. Five of the six guns were loaded.

Members of the public are reminded that the criminal complaint only contains charges. The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government's burden to prove the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

This case is being investigated by Special Agents of the ATF, with assistance from the United States Marshals Service, the Atlanta Police Department, the Fulton County Police Department, and the Fulton County Sheriff's Department.

Assistant United States Attorneys Francey Hakes and Todd Alley are prosecuting the case.

COMMENTS

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31.

NO STOP THAT!!!!    

For real,why does this have to be about race??!! This is about plain stupidity!!They didn't single the boy T I out,his man got hemmed up cuz his boss wanted to be scarface. And what if he did get into it thick and Bang Bang would have ensued?? Dead bodies in the middle of the streets on the evening news. Bottom line,you get what you ask for. We all know that ass professional artists we are targets.Greed is a bitch. Please people,more common sense less ignorance.

2502 days ago
32.

Juicy Truth    

Aint that bout a Bitch,,,His man is Just Dry Snitchin,,He need to get his ass whoop for that!! What part of the game is that.!!!

2502 days ago
33.

Tazzygirl6    

Well, if this is true him and mystical can cut a demo in jail! DAMN! All that talent gone to waste!

2502 days ago
34.

scotian mom    

TI, my only consolation is thank God you donot have anyone's blood on your hands. Hopefully, this will be your opportunity to turn your life around.You are too fine for jail.You look just like my son.My heart goes out to you. All the best , keep your head up , stuff happens.Thank God you are alive. I love you always and forever.
Mom from Nova Scotia Canada.I wil be praying for you.

2502 days ago
35.

scotian mom    

Everyone is entitled to their emotions,but we better stop and think before we speak and damming TI or anybody else. I donot think anyone lives in glass houses.We are living in some difficult times whether you are a rapper , hip hop artist etc , remember now , " we are all born but not buried " we all make mistakes , some of get caught and some of us don't . So, my brothers and sisters , sons and daughters PEACE UNTO YOU !

2501 days ago
36.

scotian mom    

Who ever wrote comment # 30 " It could not have been said any better"

2501 days ago
37.

KEEKEE    

IT WAS ALL A SET UP. THE TIMING,HOW THE BODYGUARD GOT IN THE CAR AND START SHOWING T.I. HOW TO USED THE WEAPONS. JUST SO TIP COULD MAKE A COMMENT, CAUSE WITHOUT HIS COMMENT THEY HAD NO PROOF. ITS ALL HEAR SAY WHEN THE BODYGUARD WAS ARRESTED. YOU LIVE AND YOU LEARN LIKE AL PACINO SAID, WHO CAN I TRUST "ME" CAUSE YOU, YOURSELF AIN'T GONE TELL ON YOURSELF...... WITHOUT WITNESSES " NO CASE". MUCH LOVE FROM THE P.H.I.L.LY KEEP YOUR HEAD UP SOLDIER.... AND TINY YOU KNOW THE STREETS GIRL, RAID LIKE A TRUE WOMAN. DON'T LET THOSE FOLKS PRESSURE YOU " PRESSURE BUST PIPES" USED YOUR TEETH & LIPS AS A CAGE " LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS" STICK BY YOUR MAN... GOD IS THE REAL JUDGE

2501 days ago
38.

musiq    

I can't believe some of the things that i am reading. T.I is a young man that has obivously made a mistake. To you so called saints and christians, cast the first stone because you are the one's without sin. What happened to innocent until proven guilty?, I'll tell you, when you are a young successful "black" man that has made lemonade out of lemons, you are guilty. I say to T.I> you should have been careful homie , and to the bodygaurd 'you snitch', and to young dro its time to show your loyalty homie 'you know what I mean'.

2501 days ago
39.

KEEKEE    

IT WAS A SET UP. THE BODYGUARD WAS PRESSURE AND PRESSURE BUST PIPES. ALL THEY HAD WAS HEAR SAY AND THAT DONT STICK, THEY NEEDED REAL EVIDENCE. YEAH TIP MADE A DUMMY MOVE AND HE'S HUMAN. WE AS HUMANBEING MAKE F@#K"D UP DECISIONS IN OUR LIVES. WHAT'S GOOD ON HIS BEHALF IS HE GOT ALOT TO BACK HIM UP. FAR AS THE BODYGUARD HE'S F@#K'D UP FOR LIFE. ONCE A RAT, ALWAY A RAT. A MAN STANDS UP FOR HIS WRONG IN THE GAME CALLED "LIFE". NO NEED TO TAKE THE WHOLE TRIBE DOWN WITH YOU, SOMEBODY NEEDS TO BE AROUND TO LOOK OUT AND WHO CAUSE HAVE LOOK'D OU BETTER THAN "THE KING" (T.I.). TINY AND THE FAMILY KEEP YOUR HEADS UP. ONLY REAL SOLIDERS LAST. YOU LIVE AND YOU LEARN.... LIKE AL PACINO SAID, "WHO CAN I TRUST" ME. YOU NOT GONE TELL ON YOURSELF.. THE WORLD IS FULL OF RATS..... BIG ONES, SMALL ONES ALL SIZES!!! THE ONLY ONE TO TRUST IS GOD.... MUCH LOVE MAJOR FIGGAZ FIRST LADY "B JONES" PHILLY-PHILLY. MIX TAPE/CD RELEASE DECEMBER 07 LISTEN FOR IT PEOPLE!! KEEP YOUR HEAD UP SOLIDER AND YOUR KNEES BENT ON THE FLOOR. CAUSE GOD IS THE JUDGE OF ALL JUDGES..... BELIEVE IN HIM AND HE'LL SEE YOU THROUGH.

2501 days ago
40.

swarfel    

Hasn't anyone else noticed the big deal they are making out of the 'unregistered machine guns'? If they are coming from an ATF agent - wouldn't they be by definition ATF guns - and therefore registered by the ATF? Does the ATF keep a stockpile of unregistered machine guns? These guns have to be registered or the ATF is just as guilty of breaking the law.

2501 days ago
41.

ti # 1 fan    

I AM DISAPPOINTED IN T.I. I JUST HOPE HE IS TREATED FAIRLY AND LEARN FROM HIS MISTAKES. KEEP YOUR HEAD UP T.I.. I AM STILL A LOYAL FAN

2501 days ago
42.

pooh    

Well add another stupid brotha to the list of fools in 07...Vick & this trick T.I. Have got to be up for the SUCKA of the year award,we all know O J is a jack ass on his own thrown but these too are just FOOLS [Dogs & GUNS] What a waist what,a waist...

2501 days ago
43.

diamond aka t.i's number 1 fan    

bY: DIAMOND AKA T.I.'S NUMBER 1 FAN
AGE:14

OK FIRST OF ALL I JUST WANT TO SAY HEY TO EVERYONE... NOW DWN TO BUISNESS ALMOST ALL OF YA'LL ARE ON HERE TRYING TO DOWN T.I. AND BLAME ALL OF THIS ON RACE. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RACE. YOU CANNOT PULL THE RACE CARD OUT ON THIS ONE. WHAT HE DID WAS WRONG AND HE KNOWS IT. BUT HE NEEDED PROTECTION AND I CANT BLAME HIM FOR THAT. I THINK THAT THIS ALL GOES BACK TO WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR IN OHIO WHEN HE TRIED TO AVOID CONFLICT AT A CLUB AND LEFT WITH HIS CREW, BUT THE DUDES THAT THEY TRIED TO AVOID DROVE UP NEXT TO THEM, SHOT UO THE CAR, AND KILLED HIS BESTFRIEND. ALSO YA'LL ARE SAYING THAT HE SHOULD LEAVE ATLANTA ALONE. HE GREW UP IN ATLANTA HE HAS AS MANY PEOPLE THAT LOVE HIM AS HE HAS PEOPLE THAT HATE. NO MATTER WHERE HE GOES CONFLICT WILL FOLLOW BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS HE TOO DEEP IN THE GAME(NO HE'S NOT SELLING DRUGS, THOUGH HE DID WHEN HE STARTED AT 9) HE HAS RANK AND PPL DON'T LIKE THAT. SO NO MATTER WHAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO TRY TO BRING HIM DOWN.. BUT BACK TO THE RACE CARD INSTAEAD OF TRYING TO PULL THAT WE NEED TO TRY TO PULL TOGETHER AND HELP THE BLACK RACE AS A WHOLE BECAUSE IT SEEMS AS WE R GOING DOWN HILL..

NO MATTER WHAT T.I. WILL ALWAYS HAVE MY SUPPORT BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH HE MADE A BAD CHOICE HE WAS AND STILL IS STRIVING TO BE A BETTER PERSON AND TO DO GOOD IN LIFE.. I AM HIS NUMBER ONE FAN AND THAT IS NEVER GOING TO CHANGE NO MATTER WHAT.....

2501 days ago
44.

BLACK BUTTERFLY    


Greetings:

I support TI wholeheartedly. I must refrain from judging him. The media is controlled by the government and its corporations. TI spoke eloquently at the hip hop conference on BET and he spoke very courageously about his life on the streets, in Atlanta. He said he has a testimony, because he lived the life of guns, drugs, etc. Whose bringing this stuff in our community, good old Big Brother.

We gotta start to refuse and reject this filth and mess into our communities by not using it
and clean ourselves inside and out, Spiritually, Mentally, Physically , but not with guns.
That is true power, the Godforce within. TI it don't matter to me if you did it or not, we all got faults, but, we gotta seriously clean ourselves up now. The time is now for a Nation to be delivered.

He is very young and has been forced to the limelight with a $20 million dollar career. I don't believe all they are saying about what happened. The oppressor knows it is time for our rise, TI is very inffluential, and possesses a great power he himself may not be aware of.
It is time for the rise of our youth. According to prophecy the South will rise first.

Our true power as a community, starts when we learn to build one another up, instead of tear each other down. Where we see our brother and sister are weak, a stronger person with love for self, family and community can help build them up. True Agappi Love. Look to the godforce within TI. You have my support. May The Almighty Guide you and Your Queen, Tiny, and keep you strong and your babies. Lets not forget the babies, OUR babies.
They deserve a new way of life.

Lets show them the way.
Peace and Love at all Costs

Teacher of Light and Life

2501 days ago
45.

the truth    

He will get what he deserve because I knew he was still doing stupid S**t just the way he talked and carried himself. You will learn like Michael Vick that you can't play with God and the devil because God will always wiNNN the battle. He blessed you and your entire family and look what you have done for him. How stupid can you be but get on television and act like your smart by throwing words around. In your rap songs you talked about drugs, gun, killing, etc which really told them everything you were doing DUMB ASS!. What a role model for all the kids you lie to daily along with all of your kids. Another dumb ass black man who loves jail and prison as if it's a college.

2501 days ago
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