Lil Wayne is reportedly facing some serious prison time. According to TMZ, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida has charged the Cash Money legend with one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.
The charge stems from December 2019 when federal agents searched Weezy’s private plane, which had stopped at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport on the way to California. While conducting the search, the agents discovered cocaine and a weapon, but Wayne’s attorney Howard Srebnick said his client was “cleared” to leave.
Now, the feds believe Wayne was illegally in possession of a weapon and ammunition. Srebnick says the 38-year-old rapper was charged for possessing a gold-plated handgun in his luggage last December.
“There is no allegation that he ever fired it, brandished it, used it or threatened to use it,” Srebnick explains. “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.”
Following the search, three law enforcement sources told the Miami Herald federal agents received a tip about drugs possibly being transported and were working on securing a search warrant from a Miami federal judge, which was evidently authorized. Investigators with the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Miami-Dade police and other agencies all showed up to greet Wayne’s Gulfstream G-V as part of the search squad.
If found guilty, Wayne could face up to 10 years behind bars.