Lil Wayne pleads guilty to firearms charges and faces TEN YEARS in prison after cops found gold-plated handgun on jet
LIL Wayne pled guilty on Friday to illegally carrying a loaded golden gun as a felon while traveling to Miami on a private jet last year.
His sentencing is set for next month – if convicted, the rapper will spend up to a decade behind bars.
"Your honor, I plead guilty," the 38-year-old rapper told the judge during a virtual hearing in Miami federal court, according to the New York Times.
Federal agents were reportedly tipped off to the rapper's private aircraft at the Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport on December 23, 2019.
When the feds searched Wayne's plane, they found a gold-plated Remington 1911 .45 caliber handgun with six bullets in the chamber, police told TMZ.
Federal authorities said they also found a bag containing personal-size quantities of various drugs including cocaine, ecstasy, and prescription-strength cough syrup.
Detectives also found $26,000 in cash, police said.
At the time, Wayne told cops he had received the weapon as a Father's Day gift, according to the Times.
Wayne, whose was born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr, faced a firearm and ammunitions charge last year as a felon, but didn't face any drug charges.
His laywer, Howard Srebnik, said last month that Wayne hadn't been accused of brandishing or using the gun, and questioned why felons were stripped of their Second Amendment rights.
Wayne's guilty plea is his latest in a string of legal woes for the rapper, who recently released his long-awaited No Ceilings 3 album on Black Friday.
Veteran entertainment lawyer Ronald Sweeney sued the rapper this week for more than $20million.
Sweeney alleged that he hadn't been fully compensated for managing the artist in 2018 because of a contract dispute between Wayne and his longtime labels Cash Money Records and Universal Music Group.
Wayne was hit with the federal weapons charge lastmonth by the US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.
He was convicted of a felony gun charge in New York City in 2009.
He's likely to get leniency in his current case – sources told TMZ that the rapper agreed to the guilty plea in exchange for the government recommending a lighter sentence after he accepted responsibility.
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