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US rapper Lil Wayne in plea deal

Rapper Lil Wayne could avoid jail time on drug and weapon charges after entering a plea agreement with prosecutors.

During a change of plea hearing in which he appeared via videolink from a New York jail, the 27-year-old Grammy winner pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a dangerous drug.

The charge stems from an incident in January 2008 in which his tour bus was stopped at a US border patrol checkpoint in Arizona. Authorities said they found cocaine, ecstasy and a handgun on the tour bus.

Prosecutors said the rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, is scheduled to be sentenced on June 30 and could receive 36 months of probation.

He is currently serving an eight-month jail term in New York after pleading guilty last October to attempted criminal possession of a weapon.

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