Lil Wayne Has Big Legal Troubles
Mr. Carter, aka Lil Wayne pleaded guilty today to a two year old case, involving firearms- not the “Hot Revolver” he raps about, either. He is (most likely) now going to jail for a year, but could serve only eight months after good behavior.
Wayne admitted to having a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic gun on tour with him when the bus was stopped shortly after a Manhattan concert on July 22, 2007. Police pulled over the tour bus after it left the venue, citing that they’d both seen and smelled marijuana smoke when it was parked.
After ordering Wayne’s affiliates off the bus, police headed to the back bedroom, where an officer stated that as he came near, the rapper attempted to casually toss away a Louis Vuitton bag, which contained the weapon in question.
DNA evidence ties Mr. Carter to the weapon; New York prosecutors say that the rapper wasn’t licensed to carry a weapon in the state of New York.
Weezy’s lawyer, Stacey Richman, tried disputing the reliability of the DNA test by challenging the validity of the new DNA testing used, as it derives the results from DNA samples that can consist of fewer than 16 human cells; however, she was unsuccessful.
Jay-Z’s heir to the mic is due back in court just before Christmas, on December 15th, to schedule his sentencing, which will most likely be in February.
He can get up to three and a half years if the original charges stick.
This is not the beginning- or end- of the rapper’s involvement with the law. This past March, an Atlanta judge dismissed felony drug charges against the Young Money rapper after his lawyer had stated Weezy F. Baby wasn’t staying in the hotel room where police said the drugs were found in 2006.
In the meantime, Lil Wayne has more big legal troubles ahead- he’s scheduled for trial in Arizona in March on felony drug possession and more weapons charges stemming from a January 2008 arrest at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint. TMZ is reporting that this time, cops found found 29 grams of cocaine, 105 grams of marijuana, 41 grams of ecstasy, various drug paraphernalia and a handgun on his tour bus. (We all know he’s at his creative peak when he “can play basketball with the moon” or “touch football on Marijuana street”.) However, in that case, he has entered a plea of “not guilty”.
But, in an MTV interview last year, in regards to the Arizona arrest, Wayne took responsibility, saying:
“I was irresponsible at that time. F— up on my part. No ifs, ands, buts about it. I don’t blame nobody but myself. I can’t blame nobody for not taking my charge. … This is my bus.”
Keep in mind, the Miami based rapper has admitted drug addictions- to cough syrup, which contains promethazine and codeine, an opiate. He’s often been seen sipping it out of Styrofoam cups, and has lyrically alluded to it, referencing “jumping off of a mountain into a sea of Codeine” in his song “Feels Like I’m Dying”.
Weezy is the latest in a string of rappers who don’t just rap about guns, but are also facing legal issues in relation to weapons charges. TI is serving federal time for a conviction, and Ja Rule is still facing possession charges for a separate arrest while playing the same 2007 show as Wayne.