Lil Wayne Wanted in Yuma After Missing Court Date; Apparently Being in Jail's No Excuse

Weezy just can't catch a break.

A Yuma County judge issued a bench warrant for legally challenged rapper Lil Wayne yesterday, after he missed a pre-trial hearing in his drug and weapons case, court officials tell New Times.

If the judge wants to find Weezy, he won't have to look too hard -- he's currently a guest of the county at the Rikers Island jail in New York City.

Last week, Wayne was sentenced to a year in the hoosegow for gun charges stemming from a 2007 incident, where police found an illegal gun on Wayne's tour bus.

Wayne's firearm-related faux-pas didn't end there.

In January 2008, Wayne's tour bus was stopped at a border patrol checkpoint near Yuma. When border agents searched it, they found a quarter-pound of marijuana, an ounce of cocaine, and 41 grams of Ecstasy.

They also found an unlicensed handgun.

Weezy was set to be in Yuma County Superior Court yesterday but couldn't make it because he's a little tied (or shackled) up at the moment, so Judge Mark Wayne Reeves issued a bench warrant for the "Cash Money" rapper.

A trial was set for March 30, in Weezy's Yuma case, but his lawyer, James Tilson, told the judge yesterday, "It does not appear that a trial will be occurring anytime within the next eight to 12 months."

We spoke to Tilson this morning, and he penciled us in for a 3 p.m. chat. Check back to Valley Fever this afternoon to find out how it went.


Court officials tell New Times that prosecutors in the case also are asking that Wayne's bail be increased to $150,000 because he is now a convicted felon.

With all of Wayne's cash money layin' around, 150K shouldn't be a problem.

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