Lil’ Wayne‘s assistant testified in a New York court on Monday (October 19) that he “occasionally” saw guns and drugs on the multi-platinum rapper’s tour bus.
Wayne was arrested after a performance at New York’s Beacon Theatre in July of 2007, after police found a .40 caliber pistol on his bus. According to Newsday, Wayne’s assistant Terry Bourgeois took the stand yesterday in regards to the case, to address whether or not he believed there was a gun on the vehicle. Despite saying he had no knowledge of any weapons in the vehicle at the time, Bourgeois did confess to “occasionally” seeing a handgun and people smoking marijuana while on the same tour bus on separate occasions. Although he also said he never saw Wayne in possession of a firearm.
As previously reported by SOHH, police officer testified last month that upon smelling marijuana, she boarded the rapper’s bus and witnessed Weezy trying to hide the gun.
Weezy’s attorney, Stacey Richman, is requesting all charges to be dropped alleging that authorities falsely said they smelled marijuana in order to illegally inspect the bus. She also claims the gun was registered to Cortez-Bryant who Bourgeois testified was Weezy’s manager.
The multi-platinum rapper has pleaded not guilty and is currently free on $70,000 bail. If convicted, the rapper faces up to 3 and 1/2 years in jail. He is due back in court in Decemeber.
In related news, Weezy recently came out on top at this year’s 2008 BET Hip-Hop Awards, winning honors for “Lyricist of the Year,” “MVP of the Year” and “People’s Champ.” The show airs on Thursday at 8 p.m.