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Lil Wayne Pleads Guilty To Taking Illegal, Gold-Plated Gun Onto Private Plane

Because of a prior conviction, rapper Lil Wayne isn't allowed to possess firearms or ammunition and could face up to 10 years behind bars.

By Gina Tron
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Rapper Lil Wayne has pleaded guilty to illegal gun possession after he was caught taking a gold-plated gun onto a private flight.

Lil Wayne, who was born Dwayne Carter, pleaded guilty in a Miami federal district court on Friday to illegally possessing a loaded handgun while taking a private flight to South Florida last Christmas season, a press release from the Southern District of Florida’s Department of Justice states.

Carter arrived on a flight from California to Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport on Dec.  23, 2019 carrying a “gold-plated Remington 1911, .45-caliber handgun loaded with six rounds of ammunition” in a bag,  according to the press release. An anonymous person tipped investigators off about the illegal weapon. 

Carter had been convicted of a felony in the past, and is not allowed to carry guns or ammunition. The 38-year-old musician pleaded guilty of criminal possession of a weapon in 2009 after a gun was found on his tour bus in 2007, CNN reports. He served eight months before being released for that incident, though he claimed the gun wasn’t his.

The gun wasn’t the only item of interest in the bag last holiday season.

“The bag also contained personal use amounts of cocaine, ecstasy, and oxycodone,” the press release alleges.

Carter’is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 28. He faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

Last week appeared to be a stressful one for Carter. His former manager Ronald Sweeney filed a lawsuit against him for more than $20 million in unpaid funds, according to TMZ.