scheduled tribe. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Rapper Lil Wayne was charged in Florida on Tuesday with a convicted felon, a federal felony that carries a possible prison sentence of up to 10 years.
Documents filed in Miami federal court said the rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., had a gun and ammunition on December 23 last year, despite knowing that he had previous felony records on record.
Officials said the rapper admitted to owning a gold-coated handgun after searching his luggage on a private plane to Miami. A search warrant, first reported at the time by the Miami Herald, Carter said investigators described the gun as Father’s Day’s gift.
Carter’s attorney, Howard Sribnik, said in an email that there were legal questions about whether a weapon was not considered dangerous by a goon.
“Carter is accused of putting a layer of gold in his luggage on a private plane. There is no allegation that he ever fired it, branded it, used it or threatened to use it, ”said Sribenik. “There is no allegation that he is a dangerous person.”
Investigators also reported suspicious illegal drugs found in the luggage, but 38-year-old Carter has not been charged with a drug offense.
An initial court date on weapons charges has been set for December 11 in Miami federal court.
The charge stems from Carter’s conviction with a weapon in New York more than a decade ago, for which he was sentenced to eight months in prison. Convicted goons are barred from owning firearms under federal law.
As Lil Wayne, Carter has sold over 120 million records, winning five Grammys and several other music awards. He owns a home in Miami Beach and is the CEO of his own record label, Young Money Entertainment.