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Rapper Ja Rule awaits release

US authorities say platinum-selling rapper Ja Rule is in a New York City jail with a July release date.

The 36-year-old rapper left a state prison in central New York last week after serving most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession and went straight into federal custody in a tax evasion case.

In this Feb. 1, 2013, photo provided by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Jeffrey Atkins, also known as the rapper Ja Rule is shown. Photo: New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Credit: AP

The Federal Bureau of Prisons says he has since moved from an upstate jail to Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center, which houses prisoners awaiting court dates or having short terms left on their sentences.

The bureau said Thursday his expected release date is July 28.

Ja Rule admits he failed to pay taxes on more than $3 million earned between 2004 and 2006.

A call to his attorney hasn't been returned. - Sapa-AP

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