[artist id="510062"]Lil Wayne[/artist] was formally sentenced by an Arizona judge to three years' probation Wednesday (June 30) stemming from a 2008 arrest, when authorities discovered drugs, drug paraphernalia and a firearm aboard the rapper's tour bus.
Wayne is set to begin his probation once he finishes [article id="1633428"]his current yearlong jail term[/article] in New York, which was the result of a separate incident.
According to Reuters, Wayne appeared before the judge via a video monitor and pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a dangerous drug. Last week, [article id="1641940"]the rapper also made a video-aided court appearance[/article] and struck a deal with prosecutors in exchange for leniency in his sentencing.
In January 2008, [article id="1580328"]the rapper was charged[/article] with felony possession of a narcotic drug for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia after U.S. Border Patrol officials pulled over his tour bus when alerted by drug-sniffing dogs.
Marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy, in addition to a registered .40-caliber gun, were all found in the vehicle. The additional charges against Wayne, however, were dropped.
Lil Wayne is roughly halfway through his one-year prison term at Rikers Island. The rapper was sentenced in that case to one year in prison after reaching a plea deal for attempted gun possession stemming from a 2007 arrest.
James Tilson, who represented Lil Wayne during his Yuma, Arizona, case, told Reuters he was pleased by the verdict, which will allow his client to avoid any jail time.
"We're quite glad that we were able to wrap everything up," Tilson said. "It's a favorable plea agreement that will allow Mr. Carter to pursue his career."