Lil Wayne and two unknown members of his entourage were arrested for drug possession by DEA agents in Yuma, Arizona, at around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. According to a DEA spokesperson, Wayne's tour bus was stopped on Interstate 8 by border patrol. The highway apparently has several checkpoint stops due to its reputation for frequent trafficking of drugs and illegal aliens.
Lil Wayne (born Dwayne Carter Jr.) was released at 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday (January 23) after posting $10,000 bail at the Walton Justice Court, according to CBS 5 in Phoenix.
During a search of the bus — which was also occupied by seven other passengers and a driver — the border patrol and police canines found drugs, over $22,000 in cash and three firearms. One of the guns, a .40-caliber pistol, was registered to Wayne in Florida. He could face gun charges if he violated any weapons laws in Arizona. The other two weapons were legally registered to members of Wayne's camp. The authorities also discovered 105 grams of marijuana, 29 grams of cocaine, 41 grams of ecstasy and various drug paraphernalia. The DEA was immediately called in to investigate and subsequently arrested the three men. As of now, Wayne is charged with possession of cocaine, ecstasy and drug paraphernalia because the drugs were allegedly found in a bag that belonged to him. His associates were brought in for the marijuana. All three were taken into custody at the Yuma City County Jail around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.
According to CBS 5 in Phoenix, Wayne was represented by lawyer James Tilson in court Wednesday afternoon at the arraignment at the Walton Justice Court.
"We will find out by January 25 whether or not the [Yuma] county attorney will file charges or not," Tilson told the news outlet. "He is looking forward to his day in court. That's all I can say right now."
The arrest is the most recent in a string of legal problems Lil Wayne has faced in the last six months. In July, the rapper was arrested on gun-possession charges just a few hours after his first major performance in New York. Three months later, he missed a scheduled concert after being arrested and jailed in Boise, Idaho, on a felony fugitive charge, which Wayne's lawyer blamed on a paperwork mix-up.