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T.I. Crony's Worst Week Ever

Rapper Alfamega was sitting in jail when outed as ex-informant


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T.I. Crony's Worst Week Ever

MAY 12--It's been a bad couple of weeks for Cedric Zellars, the rapper who records under the name Alfamega.

As TSG reported last week, Zellars, a protege of the hip-hop star T.I., once worked as a federal informant and testified against a heroin trafficker. As a reward for that snitching, a federal judge cut 18 months from a prison term Zellars was serving for weapons possession. But when T.I. (real name: Clifford Harris) learned of his crony's prior government work, he announced that Zellars had been bounced from Grand Hustle, his record label.

As it turns out, Zellars, 36, learned of his banishment while sitting in a Georgia jail cell. The performer was arrested April 29 on felony gun and obstruction charges following a wild confrontation with cops. According to an Atlanta Police Department report, a copy of which you'll find here, police found a stolen .40 caliber pistol in Zellars's SUV during a search of the vehicle following a traffic stop (the Sig Sauer handgun was loaded and had a round in the chamber).

After cops discovered the weapon, Zellars became "combative and non-compliant" and sought to flee. Officer Antonio Blasini pepper sprayed Zellars in the face, but the substance "had no immediate effect." Cops chased Zellars to a nearby parking garage, where he was struck with a police baton, again to no effect.

In a bid to shake his pursuers, Zellars weaved through parked cars and climbed over the garage wall, jumping "25-30 feet to the ground." The landing was not a smooth one. The fall "resulted in an injury that appeared to be pieces of bone protruding from his ankle," cops noted. Zellars, pictured in the mug shot at left, was booked into a Fulton County jail, where he remained until Saturday when he made bail. Zellars, a predicate felon, has yet to be indicted on the gun and obstruction charges. However, if the gun case were to be handled by federal prosecutors, Zellars could easily be facing more than a decade in prison. (2 pages)