Rapper Lil Wayne charged with federal gun offense in Florida

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Posted at 3:16 PM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 15:16:45-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rapper Lil Wayne has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, an offense that carries a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Documents filed Tuesday in Miami federal court say the rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., had a gun and ammunition on Dec. 23 of last year despite knowing he had the previous felony.

Authorities say Carter acknowledged owning the gold-plated handgun after his luggage was searched upon arriving in Miami on a private plane.

Carter's attorney says he's not a dangerous person and never used or brandished the weapon.