In testimony for Lil Wayne’s gun-possession case on Monday in New York, the rapper’s assistant, Terry Bourgeois, said he “occasionally” saw a handgun and people smoking pot on Weezy’s tour bus.
According to The Associated Press, Bourgeois also said he never saw Wayne (born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) with a gun and didn’t know if one was on the bus in July 2007, when the 26-year-old rapper was arrested in Manhattan on gun charges following his first headlining concert in New York at the Beacon Theatre.
Wayne’s lawyer, Stacey Richman, has asked for the charges to be dismissed, saying police falsely claimed they smelled marijuana in order to illegally board the bus. A police officer testified last month that she boarded the bus after smelling marijuana and saw Wayne trying to hide a gun. Wayne has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is free on $70,000 bail. He faces up to three and a half years in prison if convicted in the case.
Richman has said that the gun was registered to Wayne’s manager, Cortez Bryant. Newsday reported that one of the men hired to provide security for the rapper, Derrick Parker of Styles Security, has testified that when he saw Wayne and his entourage leave the Beacon, board the bus and drive off, he didn’t see or smell any marijuana smoke leaving the bus.