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Lil Wayne Faces Federal Charge For Gun Possession

The rapper Lil Wayne has been charged with weapons possession and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Lil Wayne’s lawyer, Howard Srebnick, told Vulture that the charge pertained to a search of the star’s private jet in Miami in 2019. This revealed a gold-plated handgun in his luggage, which rapper said was a Father’s Day gift.

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The rapper, who previously spent eight months at Rikers Island jail on a weapons charge, is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

“There is no allegation that he ever fired it, brandished it, used it or threatened to use it,” said Srebnick. “There is no allegation that he is a dangerous person.”

Miami-Dade police and FBI agents entered Lil Wayne’s plane on 23 December 2019 at Miami-Opa Locka executive airport and found it to be “readily apparent” that Lil Wayne was “under the influence of illicit narcotics based on his delayed speech and partially closed eyes,” according to a search warrant.

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Vulture reports that Lil Wayne is not in custody and has not been arrested. He is summoned to appear in court on 11 December.

Lil Wayne recently met with Donald Trump and said they discussed the president’s “platinum plan” aimed at empowering Black Americans, which the rapper said would “give the community real ownership”. Lil Wayne’s Trump endorsement prompted his girlfriend, model Denise Bidot, to break up with him.

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