Lil Wayne Still on Probation in Arizona for '08 Bust; Scheduled to Appear Tonight In Phoenix
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Lil Wayne seems to be in no hurry to get back to the state that busted him in 2008 for drug violations, having postponed his Monday night charity concert at Celebrity Theatre.
A representative at the Phoenix theater told us about an hour ago that, last she heard, "he was getting on a plane to head down here" for a rescheduled appearance at 7 p.m. tonight.
The delay was due to a problem with his private jet, reportedly, and doesn't seem to be related to any legal issues with his term of Arizona probation, which is still in effect.
The rap star, born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., began his three-year probation in Arizona on November 9, 2010, just after his release from a New York state prison on a gun conviction. His Arizona troubles stem from a January 22, 2008, arrest after drug-sniffing dogs at the U.S. Border Patrol's eastbound checkpoint on Interstate 8 alerted to his tour bus.
Agents founds marijuana, 41 grams of ecstasy, an ounce of cocaine and a .40-caliber handgun registered in Florida to Lil Wayne.
Weezy, as he's also known, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation by Yuma Superior Court Judge Mark Wayne Reeves. The expiration date of the probation is this coming November 8, says the Yuma probation department's bureau chief, Sandi Hoppough.
Lil Wayne was supposed to pay some small fees and a fine of $1,840, (see more details on the terms below), and also serve 360 community-service hours. Hoppough says she's not permitted to tell us whether he's yet done any of that because the info isn't a public record.
The stipulation that really upsets Lil Wayne, according to published reports, is a prohibition on using drugs or alcohol in any state. He famously told GQ Magazine in 2011 that he longed to smoke weed and drink codeine-laced cough syrup again.
"I drank syrup and smoked a lotta weed. I wish I could be back on it. That's how it f*cking feels. How does it feel to be sober? I'll be like, It feels f*cked-up.' What you want me to say? 'It feels great'? No," he said, according to GQ.
A seizure that put Lil Wayne in the hospital in March was reportedly brought on by use of codeine syrup. If true, it could have been a violation of his probation.
But Hoppough could not confirm whether any potential probation violations by Lil Wayne have been investigated by Yuma County. Lil Wayne's Yuma lawyer, James Tilson, did not return a phone call.
If Weezy does show up in Arizona today, it's probably a good thing he's flying high over those K-9 checkpoints.
Below: Info about Lil Wayne's probation, per Sandi Hoppough of Yuma County Adult Probation:
"On June 30, 2010, he was convicted of Count Two - Possession of Dangerous Drugs, a class six undesignated offense. He was placed on 36 months unsupervised probation, consecutive to the term of incarceration ordered in New York Supreme Court Case No. 06549/2007. As a condition of probation, he was ordered to report to the Yuma County Adult Probation Department within 120 hours following release from the defendant's obligation in New York Supreme Court Case No. 06549/2007.
"It was ordered that he be allowed to apply for Interstate Compact Supervision to the State of Florida and pay a $200.00 probation service fee for processing the defendant's application. He was further assessed the following fines and fees, with payments to commence upon the first day of the second month following the defendant's release from custody in New York Supreme Court Case No. 06549/2007:
"Superior Court Enhancement Fee of $20.00 Time Payment Fee of $20.00 Fine of $1,840.00, to be paid at a rate of $100.00 per month Probation Surcharge Fee of $5.00
"Further, the defendant was ordered to perform not less than 360 hours of community restitution with an agency that provides counseling, rehabilitation or treatment for treatment for alcohol or drug abuse, an agency or organization that provides medical treatment to persons who abuse controlled substances, an agency or organization that serves persons who are victims of crime or any other appropriate agency or organization as directed by the Adult Probation Department.
"The defendant was subsequently released from incarceration in New York, and commenced his term of unsupervised probation on November 9, 2010. His scheduled date of expiration from probation in this matter is November 8, 2013.
"This is the only information that is of public record.