Lil Wayne Hit with Federal Weapons Charges That Could Land Him 10 Years in Prison


Lil Wayne has been charged with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon after authorities discovered a gold-plated gun during a search of his private jet in Miami last year.


The rapper, who threw his support behind President Trump prior to the election, was charged on Tuesday and faces up to 10 years if convicted.


The charge stems from an incident in December last year when federal agents raided his plane at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport.


Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., has a felony gun conviction from New York back in 2009.


The rapper, who has a home in Miami Beach, will face court on December 11.


In a statement to Pitchfork on Tuesday, Weezy's attorney Howard Srebnick explained that his client has been charged for "possessing a gold-plated handgun" in his luggage while traveling on the plane.

"There is no allegation that he ever fired it, brandished it, used it or threatened to use it," Srebnick added. "There is no allegation that he is a dangerous person. The charge is that because he was convicted of a felony in the past, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm."

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