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

September 2, 2010 |  7:21 am

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