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Rapper T.I. arrested on drug charges in West Hollywood [Updated]

TI Rapper T.I. and his wife were arrested late Wednesday on drug possession charges after sheriff's deputies smelled marijuana coming from their vehicle during a traffic stop.

Sheriff's deputies pulled over the Atlanta-based rapper, Clifford Harris, 29, and his 36-year-old wife, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, about 10:30 p.m. at 9255 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood.

"During the course of the traffic stop, deputies smelled a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle," L.A. County sheriff's officials said in a statement.

"A narcotics investigation ensued," during which T.I. and his wife "were found to be in possession of a controlled substance," the statement read.

They were taken to the West Hollywood sheriff’s station and booked on drug possession charges.

Sheriff's officials did not specify why the two had been pulled over and what specific drug they were alleged to have.

T.I., a multiplatinum rapper with such hits as "Whatever You Like" and "Dead and Gone," is on probation after serving seven months in prison on weapons charges. He was released earlier this year.

His album "King Uncaged" is set to release this fall.

Cottle, an R&B vocalist who sang in the group Xscape, has starred in the BET reality series "The Tiny & Toya Show."

Harris and Cottle each posted $10,000 bail and have been released, sheriff's officials said.

[Updated at 10:08 a.m.: The rapper and his wife were arrested on charges of possessing “pills resembling Ecstasy” that deputies found in their vehicle after pulling them over on suspicion of making an illegal U-turn, said Nicole Nishida, a spokeswoman for the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

“The pills are being tested as we speak,” she said.

The couple was released from jail about 4 a.m.]

-- Tony Barboza

Photo: Rapper-turned-actor T.I., in August. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

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The U.S. must re-examine its anti-drugs efforts.

Until the US end the War on Drugs the violence in Mexico will continue. The war against drugs has led to violent drug cartels without reducing consumption. Many countries in Latin American are decriminalizing their laws for small amounts of drugs for personal use. Many studies including the US National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse released in 1973 supports the decriminalization of cannabis.

Decriminalization in Portugal has been a resounding success. Following decriminalization, Portugal had the lowest rate of lifetime marijuana use in people over 15 in the E.U.: 10%. The most comparable figure in America is in people over 12: 39.8%. Proportionally, more Americans have used cocaine than Portuguese have used marijuana.

Prohibition did not work in the 1920’s for alcohol nor does it work today.

I jus don't understand why would you be doing drugs anyway and you jus got of a prison cause of a weapon possession, i guess itss that you like jail house but you as a rapper suppose to set example for others because these kids look up too you but T.I.P you need too do BETTER

shout out my man man u inspired me to do what i do best mixtape coming soon

My husband and I still got love for ya T.I and Tiny. Keep your heads up. People make mistakes in life. We all have once or twice. We are true fans T.I , stay strong for the family.

wow there always gone be haters i still love yall keep ur head up .everybody make mistakes and only god can judge u forget bout tha media they gone talk all day long nockers all the time wheredadodatat

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