Yesterday, Rapper Lil Wayne was charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon in Florida. The charges arise from the search of a private jet in Miami last December. If convicted, he will spend 10 years in federal prison.
This isn’t the first time the rapper has gotten in trouble with the law. Born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., he recently pleaded guilty to attempted possession of a weapon in connection with a gun found on his tour bus in Manhattan. In 2009, he served 8 months of his 1 year sentence at Rikers Island Jail in New York. Released in 2016, he created a prison memoir called “Gone ‘Til November: A Journal of Rikers Island”.
Authorities found a gold-plated .45-caliber Glock handgun with a pearl grip in Wayne’s Coach bag, along with bullets, cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, heroin, pain killers and prescription-strength cough syrup. He also had $25,938 in cash. The 38-year-old will not be charged with any drug-related offenses.
His lawyer, Howard Srebnick, raised questions about Wayne’s Second Amendment rights. Although he is a felon, the lawyer said in an email that possession of a weapon by a felon not judged to be dangerous may not fit the definition of this said crime.
The court date is set for December 11th in Miami, Florida in federal court.
The New Orleans native has been famous since a young age and is considered one of the most influential rappers of all time. Wayne has won 5 Grammys and numerous other music awards. Additionally, he’s sold over 120 million records, making him one of the world’s best-selling music artists. His most recent LP, “Funeral” quickly hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart this February, making it his fifth title to reach No. 1!
Carter owns a home in Miami Beach and serves as CEO at his record label, Young Money Entertainment. He also recently appeared alongside Trump before the election, and received backlash from fans for vouching for the administration’s work in the Black community. Lil Wayne tweet after the meeting, “He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done”.