Lil Wayne has been charged with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon after authorities discovered a gold-plated gun during a search of his private jet in Miami last year.
The 38-year-old rapper, who threw his support behind
The charge stems from an incident in December last year when federal agents raided his plane at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport.
Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., has a felony gun conviction from New York back in 2009.
The rapper, who has a home in Miami Beach, will face court on December 11.
Lil Wayne, who threw his support behind President Trump prior to the election, has been charged with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon after authorities discovered a gun during a search of his private jet in Miami last year
The private jet was searched by agents when it landed in Florida from California on December 23.
Miami-Dade Police called in federal authorities after receiving a tip that the plane was transporting weapons and marijuana.
When FBI agents boarded the jet, Wayne told them he had a gold-plated gun in his luggage, according to search warrants obtained by the
He said the gun was a Father’s Day gift.
Prosecutors say they also found bullets, cocaine, marijuana and nearly $26,000 in cash on the plane.
Wayne has not been charged with any drug-related offenses.
The private jet was searched by agents when it landed in Florida from California on December 23. Wayne is pictured above on a private jet in January
The charge stems fromab an incident in December last year when federal agents raided his plane at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport
Following news of the charges, his attorney Howard Srebnick said he had been charged with ‘possessing a gold-plated handgun in his luggage on a private plane’.
‘There is no allegation that he ever fired it, brandished it, used it or threatened to use it. There is no allegation that he is a dangerous person. The charge is that because he was convicted of a felony in the past, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm.
‘Although the Supreme Court has not yet decided the constitutional question, Justice Amy Coney Barrett recently wrote an appellate dissenting opinion in which she stated that ‘Absent evidence that he either belongs to a dangerous category or bears individual markers of risk, permanently disqualifying [a convicted felon] from possessing a gun violates the Second Amendment’.’