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Rapper Lil Wayne busted in Yuma on drug charge

Southern rapper Lil Wayne was arrested in Yuma, Arizona on Wednesday morning on three felony drug charges.

Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., was being held in the Yuma County sheriff's jail, Lt. Eben Bracher said.

Carter was taken for a video arraignment late Wednesday morning at the courthouse in Welton, 35 miles east of Yuma.

The 28-year-old man is charged with possession of dangerous drugs, possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia.

In Tucson, Carter headlined a hip-hop show called “Tucson Takeover” at the Tucson Convention Center Arena on January 20. The TCC box office estimates that the event will draw about 4,200 fans, with tickets costing between $45 and $75.

Carter was arrested by Drug Enforcement Administration agents at a Border Patrol checkpoint 78 miles from Yuma, Bratcher said. Carter was heading east and was believed to be coming from California. Two other men were also arrested, Bratcher said.

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Carter's next concert is scheduled for Friday in Richmond, Virginia. Ticketmaster.

Carter, a New Orleans native, is known as one of hip-hop's most prolific young singers, known for his creative rhymes and word combinations that often reference marijuana.

In October, Carter and several other rappers were named in a federal lawsuit filed by music publishing companies that accused them of sampling other artists' songs without paying licensing fees.

Rappers Birdman and Lil Wayne won the Viewers' Choice Award at Black Entertainment Television's 2007 Hip Hop Awards for their song “Stuntin' Like My Daddy.”

Sheriff Leon Wilmot said he did not know if Wayne had an attorney.

Star reporter Kevin Smith contributed to this story.

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