From the Miami Herald, where you can read more on the story:

Celebrated rapper Lil Wayne was charged Tuesday with possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon stemming from his holiday trip to Miami on a private plane last December, when authorities discovered the weapon during a search of the jet.

Lil Wayne, who owns a home in Miami Beach, is expected to have his first appearance in federal court in Miami on Dec. 11. He was charged with one count and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

As a convicted felon involving a decade-old case, Lil Wayne wasn’t supposed to have a firearm on him during his travels to Miami last year. But investigators said the South Florida rapper, appearing high, admitted to owning a gold-plated pistol found in luggage during a search of his private jet just before Christmas of last year, according to state court records.

He told Miami-Dade police and FBI agents that the gun had been given to him as a Father’s Day gift, according to a copy of the search warrant obtained in January of this year by the Miami Herald.

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