Lil' Wayne Pleads Guilty in Yuma Drug Case
Legally challenged rapper Lil' Wayne, while serving a one-year prison sentence in New York for drug and gun convictions, pleaded guilty Friday to similar charges in Arizona.
Wayne, a.k.a. Dwayne Carter, a.k.a. "Weezy," appeared in a Yuma County Court via-live video feed from New York City's Rikers Island jail to change his plea in the 2008 case to guilty.
The prosecutor in the case, Roger Nelson, told New Times last year that his office wouldn't offer a plea deal that would knock down the charges from a felony to a misdemeanor but that a change in plea was likely to reduce or eliminate any time Weezy would spend behind bars.
The charges stem from a January 2008 incident when police found a quarter-pound of marijuana, an ounce of cocaine, and 41 grams of Ecstasy on Weezy's tour bus as he and his entourage tried to go through the a checkpoint near Yuma.
On the bus, authorities also found a handgun.
Wayne made Arizona headlines again in August after violence broke out after a concert at the Cricket Wireless Pavilion.
Wayne's two tour busses were in the parking lot of a Phoenix apartment complex when things got gangsta and residents of the apartment began throwing bottles and rocks at the busses after women were seen leaving and entering the vehicles.
Wayne's sentencing is scheduled for June 30.
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