Rapper Lil Wayne faces federal gun charge in Florida

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  • Lil Wayne could serve up to 10 years in prison on a gun charge.
  • The rapper was charged after being found in possession of a firearm - a federal offense for a convicted felon.
  • The gun was found on his private plane along with cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, heroin, painkillers and more than $25 000 (R385 000) in cash. The rapper said the gold pistol was given to him as a Father's Day gift.

Lil Wayne was charged Tuesday in Florida with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon over an incident dating back to last year - a federal offense that could see him sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

The 38-year-old artist, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr, was found to be carrying a gun and bullets when police searched a private plane in Miami in December last year.

The Miami Herald reported that Lil Wayne - who has a home in south Florida - admitted the gold-plated pistol found in his luggage was his. He told police the weapon had been given to him as a Father's Day gift.

Police also found what was believed to be cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, heroin, painkillers and more than $25 000 (R385 000) in cash, the newspaper said.

But the sole federal weapons charge filed in federal court in Miami stems from the fact that Lil Wayne was convicted more than a decade ago on a separate firearms charge.

Convicted felons are barred from owning firearms under federal law.

The five-time Grammy winner - who recently made headlines for meeting with and voicing support for President Donald Trump - is next due in court on 11 December.

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