Newlyweds T.I. and Tameka “Tiny” Cottle have been released on a $10,000 bail after being arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance.
The arrest happened last night around 10:18PM when the couple was riding their Maybach down Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. The vehicle was stopped for an undisclosed reason. Authorities smelled marijuana and upon a search discovered a controlled substance. According to celebrity gossip site TMZ, the police found a drug similar to ecstasy and methamphetamines.
Both were immediately taken into in separate squad cars and booked on felony possession of a controlled substance.
By 4AM this morning, each had posted their 10,000 bail.
T.I. and Tiny were married on July 30 with a secret ceremony in Miami Beach. The couple have been together since 2001 and have three children from the relationship. The rapper’s official single for his upcoming King Uncaged album, “Got Your Back,” is inspired by his union with Tiny.
The arrest serves to dampen the celebration of T.I.’s movie Takers narrowly beating out The Last Exorcism last week as the #1 movie in America.
If convicted, the charge carries a minium prison sentence of one year in California. Both have previous arrests for controlled substances, the most recent being Cottle’s apprehension in 2007 on Ecstasy and marijuana charges after ATF agents raided their home. The raid was due to T.I.’s arrest on felony weapons charges following an undercover operation with the rapper’s bodyguard.
At press time, neither T.I. nor Tiny has commented on the case.
More information on this story as it develops.
Apparently T.I. and Tiny didn’t take head of what just recently happened to Faith Evans in California. Celebrities must always remember they are obvious targets and their brazeness is dumbfounding sometimes.
Make no mistake, I’m personally aware that many celebrities partake in drug use, whether it’s marijuana or hard narcotics like cocaine. But if you’re going to go that route and have a lot to lose, at least limit it to the confines of your home.
T.I. is still on probation due to his recent March 2010 release from federal prision after serving time on weapons possession charges. Whether this latest case put him in any danger remains to be seen. It’s hard to say because while he wasn’t caught brandishing illegal weapons and silencers, the controlled substance charge he received is a felony.
We’ll see how it works out for them. I’m sure the embarrassment is enough to prevent this from ever happening again.