• Rapper Boosie released from jail after arrest in metro Atlanta

    By: Steve Gehlbach , Tom Jones

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    COWETA COUNTY, Ga. - A rapper and his bodyguard woke up in a metro area jail facing drug and firearm charges.

    A sergeant pulled over Torrence Hatch Jr., also known as Boosie, and a man named Antonio Allen on Monday in a Chick-fil-A restaurant parking lot on Bullsboro Drive in Newnan.

    The Coweta County deputy noticed their car being driven erratically. 

    The deputy said the rapper's bodyguard kept moving, reaching for something and the deputy later discovered a gun in the car.

    Police say marijuana, a gun and more than $20,000 were all found in the car. The situation ended peacefully.

    A Coweta Magistrate Court clerk said Hatch had his initial appearance Tuesday morning. He was given a $3,500 bond. His charges were possession of marijuana, possession of THC and possession of a firearm during a felony.

    Allen had the same charges and bond amount.


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    Channel 2 was the only news team there when the rapper was released from jail after posting bail.

    "Just a misunderstanding," Hatch said while walking out of jail. "Ain't nothing serious."

    While Hatch said the arrest isn't serious, Sheriff Lenn Wood said it was serious enough, that his deputy called for backup.

    “He had called for backup because he was already suspicious when they didn't pull over a couple of places they had a chance to,” Wood said.

    Formerly "Lil' Boosie," the Baton Rouge native is known for songs including "Wipe Me Down," "Independent" and "Zoom."

    In 2011, Boosie was sentenced to eight years in prison following a guilty plea to drug charges.

    He pleaded guilty to conspiring to smuggle codeine, marijuana and ecstasy into the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola and Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson, Louisiana.

    The rapper was serving a prison term for a separate conviction for marijuana possession when he smuggled the drugs with help from a prison guard.

    At the time, he was also facing a first-degree murder charge in the 2009 death of Terry Boyd. 

    On May 11, 2012, a jury found Boosie not guilty of first-degree murder.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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