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T.I. to Remain in Custody Until Friday Hearing

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Oct 16, 2007 | 5:47am EDT

Rapper T.I. will remain in custody on weapons charges until a bail hearing on Friday, a judge has ruled.

The 27-year-old--real name Clifford Harris Jr.--was taken into custody on Saturday after he allegedly sent his bodyguard to buy three machine guns and two silencers from an undercover police officer posing as an arms dealer.

The unnamed minder was acting as a cooperating witness with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), when he claims he was instructed by T.I. to make the cash deal for the guns, worth $21,000.

In a federal court in Atlanta on Monday, Judge Alan Baverman denied bond and scheduled Friday's hearing, at which time he'll decide whether there was probable cause to arrest the hip-hop star and if he qualifies for bail.

Prosecutors want to keep T.I., who faces charges of felony possession of unregistered machine guns and silencers and possession of firearms by a convicted felon, in jail until his case reaches trial.

T.I.'s arrest took place hours before he was due to attend the BET Hip-Hop Awards, where he was scheduled to perform. The rapper won two awards at the event.

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