Lil Wayne Charged With Firearm Possession, Faces Up to 10 Years in Prison
Rapper Lil Wayne has been charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition by the U.S. District Attorney in the Southern District of Florida, according to court documents obtained by Variety on Tuesday.
If convicted, Wayne (real name: Dwayne Michael Carter) could face up to 10 years in prison because he is a convicted felon.
“The United States Attorney charges that on or about Dec. 23, 2019, in Miami-Dade County, in the Southern District of Florida, Dwayne Michael Carter, a.k.a. ‘Lil Wayne,’ knowingly possessed a firearm and ammunition in and affecting interstate and foreign commerce, knowing that he had previously been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1),” the court documents say.
According to the Miami-Herald, Wayne was traveling on a private plane during a holiday trip in late December 2019 when federal authorities searched the plane and discovered a gold-plated pistol, which he told investigators was a Father’s Day gift. Police also found bullets, marijuana, heroin, pain killers, prescription-strength cough syrup, suspected cocaine and $25,938 in cash, the Miami-Herald reports.
In 2009, Wayne pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and served eight months of a one-year prison sentence, making him a convicted felon in this new case.