Lil Wayne’s Arizona Drug, Gun Trial Delayed … Again
Lil Wayne aka Dwayne Carter Jr. received yet another break in his January 2008 arrest for felony drug and weapon charges -- not to be confused with his 2007 New York gun possession arrest, nor the pending copyright infringement case for samples used to promote his Grammy-nabbing 'Tha Carter III.'
Wayne was seized near Yuma, Ariz. early last year after a search of his tour bus turned up cocaine, ecstasy and a handgun. Last week, an Arizona judge granted the rapper's attorney James Tilson additional time to prepare for the upcoming trial, pushing back Wayne's next appearance in court to October. Lil Wayne's team was also given permission to inspect the Border Patrol canine unit involved in the arrest in an effort to find out exactly what the dogs were searching for.
Since he was formally charged on Jan. 25, 2008 for possession of dangerous drugs, possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia, Weezy's attorneys have been carefully compiling their evidence in full confidence the rapper will be found innocent on all three charges. He has not yet pleaded guilty or copped to a plea bargain in the case. Several months ago he was denied the request to have his case pushed back to the grand jury. Wayne's defense also requested any video recorded by border patrol cameras on the day of his arrest and a list of evidence from the scene.
Even with his pending case and the serious nature of the charges, Wayne has been relentlessly touring the country and working on new music. He is currently out on the Americas Most Wanted Tour featuring the rest of his Young Money record label, Souljah Boy, and Young Jeezy.
In related news Wayne's next album, the rock-influenced 'Rebirth' was pushed back for a fourth time last month and is slated for release sometime in late September.