Charges dropped against rapper Lil Wayne


A Fulton County judge has dismissed felony drug charges against rapper Lil Wayne.

The rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, was arrested in August 2006 at the Twelve Hotel. Atlanta police said they found unmarked bottles containing hydrocodone and a generic form of Xanas along with a small amount of marijuana.

On Tuesday, Superior Court Michael Johnson granted the rapper's request to suppress on the basis of an illegal search. Carter's attorney, William Head, said his client wasn't staying in the room where the arrest was made.

Carter was arrested on a fugitive warrant in October 2007 for failing to appear at a court date in Fulton County on the charges. But Head said his client never received the summons because it was sent to his former home in New Orleans, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

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