Rapper Lil Wayne was once charged Tuesday in Florida with ownership of a firearm by way of a convicted felon, a federal offense that carries a possible sentence of as much as 10 years in jail.
Paperwork filed in Miami federal court docket say the rapper, whose actual title is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., had a gun and ammunition on December 23 of closing 12 months in spite of understanding he had the former legal on his report.
Government mentioned the 38-year-old rapper said proudly owning the gold-plated handgun after his baggage was once searched upon arriving in Miami on a non-public airplane. A seek warrant, first reported by way of the Miami Bring in, mentioned Carter instructed investigators the gun was once a Father’s Day present.
Carter’s lawyer, Howard Srebnick, mentioned in an e-mail that there are prison questions on whether or not mere ownership of a weapon by way of a felon no longer judged to be unhealthy suits the definition of a criminal offense.
“Carter is charged with possessing a gold-plated handgun in his baggage on a non-public airplane. There is not any allegation that he ever fired it, brandished it, used it or threatened to make use of it,” Srebnick mentioned. “There is not any allegation that he’s a perilous individual.”
Investigators additionally reported discovering suspected unlawful medication within the baggage, however Carter has no longer been charged with a drug offense.
An preliminary court docket date at the guns rate is ready for December 11 in Miami federal court docket.
The rate stems from a guns conviction of Carter in New York greater than a decade in the past, for which he was once sentenced to 8 months in jail. Convicted felons are barred beneath federal legislation from proudly owning firearms.
As Lil Wayne, Carter has bought over 120 million information, has received 5 Grammys and a lot of different song awards. He owns a house in Miami Seaside and is CEO of his personal report label, Younger Cash Leisure.