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From Associated Press

FORREST CITY, Ark. (AP) — Police guarded the rural road leading to Forrest City’s federal prison complex Tuesday, awaiting the arrival of rapper T.I. to begin serving time on a weapons conviction.

Five officers from nearby Forrest City set up a roadblock along Arkansas 1, about a tenth of a mile away from the federal prison.

Police refused to allow reporters any closer. Police Chief Dwight Duch didn’t immediately return a call for comment.

T.I., whose real name is Clifford J. Harris Jr., had a noon deadline to report to the minimum security prison on the complex to begin serving his year and a day sentence. It was unclear whether he would arrive from the airport in nearby Memphis, Tenn., or fly directly to the rural airport in the eastern Arkansas town.

T.I., 28, was arrested after trying to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers from undercover federal agents in 2007.

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