Wesley Snipes has been taken into custody by federal authorities -- and is "in transit" to a federal prison, where he will begin to serve his 3-year sentence for tax crimes ... TMZ has confirmed with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
As we previously reported, a judge ordered Snipes to surrender earlier today ... after the actor spent years appealing a conviction on multiple tax evasion charges.
UPDATE: Under the terms of a court order, Snipes was to turn himself in to either the U.S. Marshals or the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
The B.O.P. has listed Snipes as "in transit."
We contacted Lynzey Donahue, Public Affairs Specialist for the U.S. Marshals -- who told us, "A status of 'in transit' means that the inmate is being moved for any number of reasons."
Donahue continues, "While the prisoner is in this status, for security reasons, the U.S. Marshals Service does not disclose location."