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Lil Wayne Appears In Court Over Drugs, Gun; Next Hearing Aug. 11

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Multi-platinum rapper Lil’ Wayne was in Yuma, Arizona Tuesday afternoon (June 23) to attend a pre-trial update in relation to his January 2008 arrest outside of the city.

 

The Young Money boss was ordered to be present at this preliminary hearing regarding the investigation into drug & weapons charges he faces.

 

The rapper previously pleaded not guilty of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of dangerous drugs and weapons misconduct.

 

Wayne and two members of his entourage were arrested in January of 2008 at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 8, just east of Yuma.

 

Upon searching his tour bus, authorities reportedly found cocaine, Ecstasy and a handgun.

 

Though the weapon was registered in Florida, Wayne was charged for taking across state lines.

 

During Tuesday’s hearing Wayne attorney, James Tilson told the presiding Superior Court judge that the U.S. Border Patrol has yet to honor the defense’s request for records tied to the arrest.

 

According to Tilson, border officials told the Yuma County Attorney that they have no intention of releasing the training record of the drug-sniffing dogs used during the search.

 

Wayne’s next court appearance is August 11.

 

Before then, his attorney plans on submitting a new request for any video footage captured by border cameras on the day of the arrest.

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