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Rapper Lil Wayne Charged with Federal Gun Offense in Florida

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Rapper Lil Wayne has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Posted: Nov 17, 2020 2:24 PM

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.

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