US rapper Lil Wayne on Friday pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon over an incident dating back to last year, US media reported a federal offence that could see him sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

The 38-year-old artist, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr, was found to be carrying a gun and bullets when police searched a private plane in Miami in December last year.

 

“Your honour, I plead guilty,” he reportedly told US District Judge Kathleen Williams during a virtual hearing.

 

The Miami Herald said that Lil Wayne who has a home in south Florida admitted the gold-plated pistol found in his luggage was his. He told police the weapon had been given to him as a Father’s Day gift.

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Police also found what was believed to be cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, heroin, painkillers and more than $25,000 in cash, the newspaper said.

 

But the sole federal weapons charge filed in federal court in Miami stems from the fact that Lil Wayne was convicted more than a decade ago on a separate firearms charge.

 

Convicted felons are barred from owning firearms under federal law.

 

The five-time Grammy winner who more recently made headlines for meeting with and voicing support for President Donald Trump  will face sentencing on January 28.