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Lil Wayne Pleads Not Guilty to Weapons Charges in New York

Lil Wayne appeared in a New York courtroom on Monday (February 25) and entered not guilty pleas during his arraignment on two weapons charges. His attorney Stacey Richman explained to MTV News that Weezy was arraigned on two felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. The charges stem from a July 22 incident in which Wayne was arrested following a performance at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan. When police approached Weezy’s tour bus, which was parked at Columbus Ave. and 61st Street, they smelled marijuana and searched the vehicle. After turning up a .40 caliber pistol, the rapper was taken into custody. Coincidentally, Ja-Rule—who had performed alongside Wayne at the Beacon—had been arrested on similar charges about an hour prior. Both rappers were later released after posting bond.

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