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T.I.'s Wife Cleared of Drug Charges

Tameka 'Tiny' Cottle has completed her drug diversion program

January 7, 2011 2:50 PM ET
T.I.'s Wife Cleared of Drug Charges
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Tameka "Tiny" Cottle is a free woman.

Though her husband T.I. remains incarcerated for violating his probation in  September, the L.A. County District Attorney's office dropped the drug possession case against Cottle, 35, on Thursday.

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According to TMZ, she completed 24 sessions of a certified drug diversion program in Georgia. The good news comes on the heels of a Thursday report that T.I., 30, was sent to a special housing unit at Arkansas State Prison after Cottle got a little too frisky during visiting hours.

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Per court guidelines, inmates are allowed to kiss and embrace at the beginning and end of each session. They are also allowed to hold hands, though "the inmate's hands must remain in plain view of visiting room staff at all times."

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"I didn't need special permission to visit my husband," Cottle tweeted Thursday, adding that she is "not a felon."

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