Feb 13, 2008

Lil Wayne Looking at Jail Time

Rapper Lil Wayne has been indicted by a Yuma County grand jury on felony drug and weapons charges. Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., was charged with one count each of possession of a narcotic drug for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the indictment.

Carter pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday.

His attorney, James Tilson, said Tuesday that Carter's legal team plans to look at the state's evidence and figure out if any motions need to be filed. Meanwhile, Carter was continuing to keep his concert schedule.

``He is currently touring as we speak,'' Tilson said. Carter's next scheduled court appearance will be a March 7 status hearing. The rapper's tour bus was stopped Jan. 22 at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint near Dateland, Ariz., 78 miles east of Yuma.

A search of the bus by Drug Enforcement Administration agents yielded nearly four ounces of marijuana, just over an ounce of cocaine, 41 grams of Ecstasy and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia. DEA agents then arrested Carter.

Officials also found a .40-caliber pistol registered to Carter, who has a concealed weapons permit in Florida. In October, Carter and several other rappers were named in a federal lawsuit filed by music publishing companies, accusing them of sampling other artists' songs without paying licensing fees.

SOURCE: news.ktar.com

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