Rapper Lil Wayne he was charged Tuesday in Florida with possession of a firearm as an ex-con, a federal crime that carries a possible sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
Documents filed in federal court in Miami indicate that the rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., had a gun and ammunition on December 23 of last year despite being a offender found guilty of the same crime.ADVERTISING
Authorities said the 38-year-old rapper acknowledged being the owner of the gold-plated gun after his luggage was searched upon arriving in Miami on a private plane. A search warrant, first reported by the Miami Herald, indicates that Carter told investigators that the weapon was a Father’s Day gift.
Carter’s attorney, Howard Srebnick, said in an email that there are legal doubts as to whether the mere possession of a gun by an ex-con who is not classified as dangerous fits the definition of a crime.
Carter is accused of possessing a gold-plated gun in his luggage during a private flight. There are no allegations that he shot it, brandished it, used it or threatened to use it. There are no accusations that he is a dangerous person, ”Srebnick said.
The researchers also reported finding alleged illicit drugs in luggage, but Carter hasn’t been charged with drugs.
An initial date for the weapons charge was set for the December 11 in federal court in Miami.
The indictment stems from a conviction of Carter for gun possession more than a decade ago in Nueva for which he was then sentenced to eight months in prison. Criminals found guilty cannot possess weapons under federal law.
Like Lil Wayne, Carter has sold close to 120 million records and has won five Grammys and numerous other awards. He is a Miami Beach homeowner and CEO of his own record label, Young Money Entertainment.