ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — 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 courtroom say the rapper, whose actual title is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., had a gun and ammunition on Dec. 23 of closing 12 months in spite of realizing he had the former prison on his document.
Government mentioned the rapper stated proudly owning the gold-plated handgun after his baggage was once searched upon arriving in Miami on a personal aircraft. A seek warrant, first reported by way of the Miami Usher in on the time, mentioned Carter advised investigators the gun was once a Father’s Day reward.
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 bad suits the definition of a criminal offense.
“Carter is charged with possessing a gold-plated handgun in his baggage on a personal aircraft. There’s no allegation that he ever fired it, brandished it, used it or threatened to make use of it,” Srebnick mentioned. “There’s no allegation that he’s a deadly individual.”
Investigators additionally reported discovering suspected unlawful medication within the baggage, however Carter, 38, has no longer been charged with a drug offense.
An preliminary courtroom date at the guns price is about for Dec. 11 in Miami federal courtroom.
The price 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 below federal legislation from proudly owning firearms.
As Lil Wayne, Carter has offered over 120 million data, has gained 5 Grammys and a lot of different tune awards. He owns a house in Miami Seaside and is CEO of his personal document label, Younger Cash Leisure.