Hip-hop artist Lil Wayne came under fire from some fans for meeting with Donald Trump and endorsing him in his reelection bid. Now, he’s under fire again — this time, legal fire. Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Michael Carter, Jr., has been hit with a federal weapons charge that could result in serious prison time if he is convicted.
The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida has charged the Weezy with one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, TMZ reported. The 38-year-old artist was convicted of a felony gun charge in New York back in 2009. The latest charges could lead to up to 10 years in prison.
News of the charges got comments on Twitter, most wondering if he’d be pardoned. One user posted, “No wonder he endorsed the Don Con, he’s looking for a pardon.”
Another tweeted, “So we have an endorsement that didn’t work for a pardon that Lil Wayne won’t get. Now he gets a chance to see how dirty Drumph is.”
“Good thing he had friends in high places though, right?” remarked another.
The charges stem from a December 2019 incident when federal agents searched Wayne’s private plane at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport, where the plane made a stop in Florida on its way to California. Lil Wayne was a passenger.
Miami-Dade Police called in federal authorities after receiving a tip that the plane was transporting weapons and marijuana, the Daily Mail reported.
When FBI agents boarded the jet, Wayne informed them he had a gold-plated gun in his luggage, according to search warrants obtained by the Miami Herald. He told them the gun was a Father’s Day gift.
Prosecutors say they found bullets, cocaine, marijuana and nearly $26,000 in cash on the plane.
Wayne has not been charged with any drug-related offenses.
At the time, his attorney Howard Srebnick said Lil Wayne was “cleared” to leave even though guns and drugs were allegedly found on the plane.
Following news of the charges, Srebnick said there are legal questions about “whether mere possession of a weapon by a felon not judged to be dangerous fits the definition of a crime,” the Daily Mail reported.
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“Carter is charged with possessing a gold-plated handgun in his luggage on a private plane,” his attorney said.
Lil Wayne, who has a home in Miami Beach, is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 11.