Outkast’s Big Boi avoids jail time for drug charges

But rapper must undergo drug testing and serve community service

Outkast‘s Big Boi has avoided a jail sentence after being arrested and charged with drug possession, according to reports.

The rapper, who was arrested and detained on drug charges by police in August, will not have to serve time in prison but has been ordered to undergo drug testing and community service.

According to Billboard, Big Boi – whose real name is Antwan Patton – was reported to have been arrested and charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was said to have been busted by customs and border patrol dogs as he left a cruise ship after being found with ecstasy pills, MDMA and Viagra.

The hip-hop star appeared in a Miami courtroom yesterday (October 13), as prosecutors offered a deal that will include three months of drug testing and community service. He will also be required to donate $2,000 to charities, but the felony charges will be dismissed if he is found to be drug-free once the three months of testing has finished.

Earlier this year, the rapper revealed that he had been working on new material with Modest Mouse. He released his debut solo album under his Sir Lucious Left Foot moniker last year.

Outkast, whose last album was 2006’s ‘Idlewild’, have also been rumoured to be working on their new album. Last year they stated they were planning to “spring” new material on fans.