Posted: Dec 28, 2012 3:06 AM by AP/CS
MANSFIELD, La. (AP) - A Houston rapper was released on bond Thursday after spending several hours in jail on charges of speeding and having marijuana and a semiautomatic weapon.
The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office said Thursday that Lil' Flip, whose real name is Wesley Eric Weston, was arrested Wednesday after deputies pulled him over for speeding on Interstate 49.
According to a news release, Weston, 31, was traveling 86 miles per hour in a 75-mph zone. During a search of the 2010 Dodge Challenger, deputies allegedly found marijuana and a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, the sheriff's office said.
The rifle is the same kind that was either used or in the possession of the gunmen in three recent mass shootings: the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 26 dead in Newtown, Conn.; the shooting that killed two firefighters in Webster, N.Y.; and the theatre shooting that left 12 dead in Aurora, Colo.
Weston was booked on charges of third-offense possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance and speeding. He was freed Wednesday after posting a $35,300 bond.
A passenger in the car, Olanza Sanders, 30, of Shreveport, was booked with illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was freed on $25,000 bond.
Weston is best known for his singles "Sunshine," ''Game Over," ''The Way We Bal," ''I Can Do Dat" and "Rollin on 20's" from the "2 Fast 2 Furious" soundtrack.