Rapper Lil Wayne pleads guilty to firearms charges

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  • Lil Wayne has pleaded guildty to federal gun charges.
  • The rapper was previously charged after being found in possession of a firearm - a federal offense for a convicted felon.
  • His sentencing is set to take place on 28 January - he could get up to 10 years in prison.

US rapper Lil Wayne pleaded guilty Friday to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon over an incident dating back to last year, US media reported - 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.

"Your honour, I plead guilty," he reportedly told US District Judge Kathleen Williams during a virtual hearing.

The Miami Herald said 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 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 more recently made headlines for meeting with and voicing support for President Donald Trump - will face sentencing on 28 January.

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