Los Angeles police confirmed on Friday (September 3) that tests on the illicit substance allegedly found during a traffic stop involving rapper T.I. and his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, have tested positive as a type of the drug Ecstasy.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Nicole Nishida confirmed that lab tests on the pills found on both T.I., 29, and Cottle, 36, tested positive for Ecstasy, a Schedule 1 narcotic noted for a euphoric high that mixes the effects of hallucinogens and amphetamines. Nishida said only that "several" pills were found by detectives, but that no other drugs were confiscated during the search.
Tip (born Clifford Harris Jr.) and Tiny were arrested after police stopped their Maybach for making an illegal U-turn on Los Angeles' busy Sunset Boulevard on Wednesday night. After stopping the car, police allegedly smelled marijuana and then searched the vehicle, which resulted in the substance being found.
Nishida said no mention was made by arresting officers of any marijuana confiscated during the search and, despite pictures on TMZ of the Maybach having white Styrofoam cups of the type typically used for sipping "sizzurp" (a narcotic drink popular in the South that contains coediene-laced cough syrup) inside, there was also no mention of that substance in the police report either.
Both were arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and then released from jail a short time later on $10,000 bail. Neither is expected back in court for an arraignment before next month.
T.I. is on probation following a seven-month prison stint for a felony gun charge, which is itself a violation of his probation from a previous felony arrest. T.I.'s new probation conditions included supervised release for three years, DNA testing and drug counseling, as well as a ban on owning firearms and an agreement to submit to reasonable searches.
The rapper's lawyers said on Thursday that Tip would be headed back to Atlanta within 24 hours, cautioning that it was too early to speculate on when, or if, he would have to appear before a judge. A spokesperson for the federal prosecutor's office in Atlanta — where T.I. was prosecuted on the gun charge — said they are awaiting word from the probation department to find out what their investigation turned up about the Los Angeles incident.
The probation officer handling T.I.'s case must first gather the facts on the arrest after consulting with Los Angeles County and then make a recommendation to the prosecutor's office and the court as to whether the rapper deserves to be sanctioned for a violation of his probationary terms. A spokesperson for the probation department could not be reached for comment at press time.