Lil Wayne could face a lengthy prison sentence after being hit with a serious federal weapon's charge.
On Nov. 17, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida charged the rapper with one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, TMZ reported.
The charge stems from an incident in December 2019 at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport in which federal agents searched a private plane after getting a tip that drugs were allegedly being transported. The plane, in which Weezy was a passenger, was on its way to California and made a stop in Florida.
At the time, Wayne's attorney said the rapper had been "cleared" to leave, despite the fact that authorities reportedly found guns and drugs. According to the charging documents, federal prosecutors believe Wayne was the one illegally in possession of a gun and ammunition.
Wayne's attorney told TMZ that feds found a gold-plated handgun in Wayne's luggage.
He clarified, however, "There is no allegation that he ever fired it, brandished it, used it or threatened to use it. There is no allegation that he is a dangerous person. The charge is that because he was convicted of a felony in the past, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm."
A court date is set for next month. Wayne, who was convicted of a felony gun charge in New York back in 2009, faces up to 10 years in prison if he's convicted.