Weezy’s Pretty Penny Police

The Lil’ Wayne October 21st show that never was in Wilmington, N.C., still managed to rack up a steep bill for the taxpayers of New Hanover County.

Although fewer than 1,000 fans showed up (and Weezy never took the stage), the New Hanover County Sheriff’s office hired 148 deputies for the show – ringing up close to $65,000, Sheriff Sid Causey told WWAY-TV. An estimated 4,600 were expected to attend.

"A child’s life, you can’t put a dollar figure on it," Causey told the TV station. "So if I need 148 people there to make that child safe, then that’s what I’ve got to do and that’s what I did."

The show at New Hanover High was at first canceled because the school district was wary of Lil’ Wayne’s run-ins with the law and his rumored gang connections.

The promoter, Mitchell Entertainment Group, filed a lawsuit against the school district and subsequent negotiations resulted in increased law enforcement. Problem was, when few tickets were sold, the promoter didn’t have Lil’ Wayne’s guarantee – so the rapper bailed.

According to WWAY, the promoter still owes the sheriff’s department $1,400 for the additional security. Meanwhile, Mitchell Entertainment continues to pursue a lawsuit against the school district for damages resulting from the initial cancellation.

Several phone calls to Chas Lineberry, the lawyer for Mitchell Entertainment, were not returned.