Popular American rapper, Dwayne Michael Carter Jr, popularly known as Lil Wayne has been charged in Florida with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon over an incident dating back to last year which is a federal offense that could see him sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.
38-year-old Lil Wayne was found to be carrying a gun and bullets when police searched a private plane in Miami in December last year.
The Miami Herald reported that Lil Wayne, who has a home in south Florida, admitted the gold-plated pistol found in his luggage was his. He told police the weapon had been given to him as a Father’s Day gift.
It was also reported that Police also found what was believed to be cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, heroin, painkillers and more than $25,000 in cash.
But the sole federal weapons charge filed in federal court in Miami stems from the fact that Lil Wayne was convicted more than a decade ago on a separate firearms charge.
Convicted felons are barred from owning firearms under federal law.
The five-time Grammy winner, who recently made headlines for meeting with and voicing support for President Donald Trump, is next due in court on December 11.