Clifford T.I. Harris, Tameka Tiny Cottle, Mugshot

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

This just in from the Small Favors Department: T.I. won't be facing drug charges for his Sunset Strip bust.

We're sure the King of South is psyched to hear that, assuming he's come to terms with the near-yearlong stint he still must serve in a federal pen thanks to that same arrest.

How exactly does that work?

First the backstory: T.I. and wife Tameka "Tiny" Cottle were arrested during a traffic stop back on Sept. 1, when cops smelled marijuana wafting from their vehicle.

Police said there were four Ecstasy pills in his pocket along with marijuana and "other narcotics" in the vehicle. He was booked on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance.

That arrest raised the red flag with his probation officer and the federal prosecutors overseeing his 2008 conviction in a weapons case. As part of the terms of the earlier sentence, any violation would mean more time in a federal lockup.

On Oct. 15, the U.S. judge in the case made it official, and sentenced T.I. to another 11 months.

And according to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, there was no need for the local authorities to pile on. D.A. spokeswoman Jane Robison tells E! News he was essentially already being punished.

T.I.'s lawyer agreed.

"The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office's decision to reject TI's case was the right thing to do under the circumstances," Steve Sadow said, saying the L.A. officials "exercis[ed] its discretion to reject prosecution in light of the legal and factual issues involved."

T.I. is set to make his return trip to prison on Nov. 1.

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