Brampton-raised rapper Tory Lanez faces gun, pot charges in south Florida
Tory Lanez arrives on the red carpet for the 2015 Much Music Video Awards in Toronto on June 21, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
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Published Friday, April 14, 2017 6:36AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, April 14, 2017 6:37AM EDT
MIRAMAR, Fla. -- Authorities say Canadian hip-hop artist Tory Lanez has been arrested on a weapons charge in South Florida.
The Sun Sentinel reports that Miramar police pulled over the 24-year-old Brampton, Ont., native on Wednesday afternoon for an expired dealer tag on a 2014 Rolls-Royce.
A police report says Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Shemuel Peterson, did not have a valid license to drive in the U.S. The officer also reported finding less than 20 grams of marijuana and a loaded firearm in the car.
Lanez was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon, marijuana possession, failing to register a vehicle and operating a vehicle without a license or insurance. He was released from jail Thursday on $1,000 bail.
His attorney says his client is innocent and will be fully exonerated.
Lanez posted a message on his verified Twitter account saying "believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see. don't let the internet fool you. the truth prevails."
Lanez was recently nominated for a Grammy Award in the best R&B category for his song "Luv."
-- Wih files from The Canadian Press