Lil’ Wayne Makes Arizona Plea Deal

After originally pleading not guilty to felony drug possession and weapons charges stemming from a 2008 arrest, on Friday Lil’ Wayne entered a plea agreement that may keep him from serving time in Arizona.

The 27-year-old rapper and father of four pled guilty to one count of possession of a dangerous drug, making the plea via live video feed from his jail cell at New York’s Rikers Island jail complex.

Lil’ Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, is serving a one-year sentence for attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He began serving the term in March and if he minds his Ps and Qs, his sentence could be reduced to about eight months for good behavior.

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Lil’ Wayne’s Arizona shenanigans took place on Jan. 22, 2008, when his tour bus was stopped at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 8 about 80 miles east of Yuma.

The rapper was arrested after Drug Enforcement Administration agents found nearly four ounces of marijuana, just over an ounce of cocaine, 41 grams of Ecstasy and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia on the bus, according to the Yuma Sun. The DEA agents also found a .40-caliber pistol registered to Carter.

The following charges were dismissed during Friday’s plea deal: possession of a narcotic drug for sale, misconduct involving weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Yuma Sun noted that Lil’ Wayne “may not have to spend any time behind bars in Arizona” but that he could receive 36 months probation, which would begin after he completes his New York jail term. 

The rapper’s sentencing is set for June 30.

Click here for the Yuma Sun article.