While serving a one-year prison stretch on a gun charge in New York, (born Dwayne Carter) appeared in a Yuma County, Arizona, courtroom on Friday morning via live video feed to change his plea in a drugs and gun case in that state. According to the Yuma Sun, Wayne could avoid jail time in Arizona after he changed his not-guilty plea to guilty on one count of possession of a dangerous drug.
The plea is an attempt to wrap up a case that stems from a January 22, 2008, incident in which Wayne’s tour bus was stopped at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint 78 miles east of Yuma. After boarding the bus, authorities said they found just over an ounce of cocaine, nearly four ounces of marijuana, 41 grams of Ecstasy, miscellaneous drug paraphernalia and a .40-caliber handgun registered to Wayne on his tour bus. Wayne was charged with felony possession of a narcotic drug for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia. He pleaded not guilty to all the felony charges.
Wayne began serving a one-year sentence in New York in March after pleading guilty in October to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. A bench warrant was issued for Wayne on March 17 when the rapper failed to appear in court on the Arizona charges due to his incarceration in New York.
The Sun reported that he could receive up to 36 months of probation on the Yuma charges, beginning after his New York sentence ends. As part of the plea deal, charges of possession of a narcotic drug for sale, misconduct involving weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia are expected to be dismissed when Superior Court Judge Mark Wayne Reeves sentences the rapper on June 30.