According to the Village Voice, Rikers Island corrections officers conducted a surprise inspection of rapper Lil Wayne’s prison cell and found earphones and a charger.
No audio device was found in his cell, so officers searched the cells of the other inmates until they came up with the missing mp3 player.
Before turning himself in to begin serving a 12-month prison sentence on weapons charges, Wayne told Rolling Stone magazine that he planned to keep working while in prison: “I’ll have an iPod, and I’ll make sure they keep sending me beats.”
The only problem with that is, inmates aren’t allowed to have electronics such as iPods or cell phones in their possession.
The MP3 player was discovered in the cell of another inmate in the unit. And, in a kind of tragic detail, it turns out Lil Wayne had hidden the original contraband–the charger and headphones–in a snack bag in the garbage can of his cell.) He’s being charged with an infraction–possession of contraband, says our source. Inmates are allowed to purchase an AM/FM player and earphones from the commissary, but what Wayne had wasn’t authorized. Before you yawn, realize that everyone in Rikers–even the celebrities–is forbidden to possess any form of non-sanctioned mobile electronics, whether cell phones, videogames, or otherwise, and the fact that Lil Wayne was found with an iPod in his cell means that someone had to smuggle it into him.
Weezy’s minor infraction will probably mean additional time tacked onto the end of his sentence. Last month prison officials fired an overeager female prison guard who entered an unauthorized area to peek in on Wayne. The former guard is filing a wrongful termination suit against the city.