Police Raid Lil Wayne's Miami Beach Mansion
UPDATE: TMZ is reporting that police seized item's from Lil Wayne's art collection in yesterday's raid.
Miami-Dade Police officers busted down the doors of Lil Wayne's La Gorce Island mansion this afternoon, and then rolled out dollies loaded with the rapper's possessions. The mass repo operation was ordered by a county judge on Friday, court records show — all because Wayne wasn't paying the bills on millions he owed to a company for a leased private jet.
Lil Wayne has been locked in a legal tussle with the Miami-based Signature Group over unpaid bills, and in September Judge Lisa S. Walsh found in favor of Signature to the tune of $2 million.
To recover that cash, Signature Group asked Walsh to authorize a "break order," basically giving them the right to storm Wayne's house — with or without the rapper's permission — to obtain his assets.
The Signature Group's initial request was
But, after the Signature Group was able to obtain photos proving that Lil Wayne did have assets inside his mansion — which is currently up for sale — a judge signed a new order on Friday authorizing the break-in. Today, at around 3 p.m. police entered Lil Wayne's Miami Beach mansion to serve a levy warrant.
"The rehearing motion included an affidavit from a real estate agent who had recently been inside the defendant's home and attested that there was assets inside," the Signature Group's lawsuit says.
Antar Vaughan, Lil Wayne's attorney in the case, hasn't responded to an email or phone message from New Times.
This is not the property's first legal drama. There was the "swatting" incident back in March, where police swarmed Wayne's home in response to a bogus tip that four people had been shot.
It's unclear whether the Miami-Dade police entered the home peacefully or by force — which they were authorized to do. It's also unclear at the moment what exactly they took from Wayne's mansion.
…this Break Order shall authorize the Sheriff of Miami-Dade County, Florida to, including but not limited to, break open locks and safes, break down any gates or doors for the execution of the Levy in respect to the Final Judgement of September 2, 2015 and the Writ of Execution issued on September 30, 2015, at 94 La Gorce Circle, La Gorce Island, Miami Beach, Florida, 33141.
We'll keep you updated as more info becomes available.