Lil Wayne pleads guilty to federal weapons charges in Miami

Rapper Lil Wayne pled guilty in Miami federal district court Friday to illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon while traveling on his private plane last Christmas season. 

The charge is related to the December 23, 2019 search of Wayne’s plane at Florida’s Opa Locka Executive Airport, according to Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

The 38-year-old rapper, born Dwayne Michael Carter, had just landed in South Florida from California when federal authorities conducted a search of his plane after receiving an anonymous tip, according to court documents.  At the time, Wayne told officers that he had a gun in his bag.  A subsequent search revealed cocaine, ecstasy, oxycodone, a loaded, gold-plated .45-caliber handgun and six rounds of ammunition. 

Because Lil Wayne previously served eight months in Rikers Island for a felony weapons charge in 2010, he’s prohibited by federal law from owning a firearm.

Wayne’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 28.  If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

By Rachel George
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