Lil Wayne Still on Probation in Arizona for '08 Bust; Scheduled to Appear Tonight In Phoenix
Lil Wayne seems to be in no hurry to get back to the state that busted him in 2008 for drug violations, having postponed his Monday night charity concert at Celebrity Theatre.
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A representative at the Phoenix theater told us about an hour ago that, last she heard, "he was getting on a plane to head down here" for a rescheduled appearance at 7 p.m. tonight.
The delay was due to a problem with his private jet, reportedly, and doesn't seem to be related to any legal issues with his term of Arizona probation, which is still in effect.
The rap star, born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., began his three-year probation in Arizona on November 9, 2010, just after his release from a New York state prison on a gun conviction. His Arizona troubles stem from a January 22, 2008, arrest after drug-sniffing dogs at the U.S. Border Patrol's eastbound checkpoint on Interstate 8 alerted to his tour bus.
Agents founds marijuana, 41 grams of ecstasy, an ounce of cocaine and a .40-caliber handgun registered in Florida to Lil Wayne.
Weezy, as he's also known, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation by Yuma Superior Court Judge Mark Wayne Reeves. The expiration date of the probation is this coming November 8, says the Yuma probation department's bureau chief, Sandi Hoppough.
Lil Wayne was supposed to pay some small fees and a fine of $1,840, (see more details on the terms below), and also serve 360 community-service hours. Hoppough says she's not permitted to tell us whether he's yet done any of that because the info isn't a public record.
The stipulation that really upsets Lil Wayne, according to published reports, is a prohibition on using drugs or alcohol in any state. He famously told GQ Magazine in 2011 that he longed to smoke weed and drink codeine-laced cough syrup again.
"I drank syrup and smoked a lotta weed. I wish I could be back on it. That's how it f*cking feels. How does it feel to be sober? I'll be like, It feels f*cked-up.' What you want me to say? 'It feels great'? No," he said, according to GQ.
A seizure that put Lil Wayne in the hospital in March was reportedly brought on by use of codeine syrup. If true, it could have been a violation of his probation.
But Hoppough could not confirm whether any potential probation violations by Lil Wayne have been investigated by Yuma County. Lil Wayne's Yuma lawyer, James Tilson, did not return a phone call.
If Weezy does show up in Arizona today, it's probably a good thing he's flying high over those K-9 checkpoints.
Below: Info about Lil Wayne's probation, per Sandi Hoppough of Yuma County Adult Probation: