CBSN

Gun Found On Lil Wayne's Bus Admissible

Rapper Lil Wayne, seen here at a Super Bowl XLIII party in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 30, 2009, is set to start a prison term March 12, 2010, in New York for felony attempted gun possession. He is one of rap's most popular figures, a Grammy-winning, top-selling superstar whose following a familiar path to prison.
AP Photo/Steve Nesius
A New York City judge says a handgun found on rapper Lil Wayne's tour bus can be used as evidence at his trial.

Justice Charles Solomon set April 20 as the hip-hopper's trial date.

Lil Wayne, 26, was arrested in July 2007 in Manhattan after a concert at the Beacon Theatre. A police officer said she boarded his tour bus because she smelled marijuana, and then saw him try to hide the gun.

Defense lawyer Stacey Richman argued in court that the officer falsely claimed she smelled marijuana so she could illegally board the bus.

The rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, has pleaded not guilty to gun possession and is free on $70,000 bail.

Lil Wayne's albums include "Tha Block Is Hot," "Lights Out" and "Tha Carter III."