Today at a Wellton, Arizona justice court, the Yuma County Attorney’s Office formally filed felony drug and weapons charges against Lil Wayne. According to a report from local ABC affiliate KNXV-TV, Wayne was present at the court session, where he was charged with one count each of possession of a narcotic drug for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia. A judge also lifted a restriction that has been preventing Wayne from leaving the state. The rapper is now scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing on February 12.
As XXLMag.com previously reported, Wayne’s bus was stopped at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint outside Dateland, AZ at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Jan 22). After the Border Patrol’s canine unit alerted agents to the presence of illegal drugs, agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency searched the bus, finding 105 grams of marijuana, 29 grams of cocaine and 41 grams of ecstacy. They also found a .40-caliber pistol that was registered to Wayne, who also has a concealed weapons permit from Florida. The rapper was then arrested by the DEA along with two other men, one of whom was charged today with possession of marijuana. The second associate is expected to be formally charged later today.