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Police Reportedly Seize Items From Lil Wayne's Art Collection in Raid

Yesterday, Miami-Dade police broke into Lil Wayne's Miami Beach mansion after a judge granted a "break order," which basically allowed officers to enter the rapper's house with force if necessary.

The reason for the order: Wayne owed $2 million to a company — the Miami-based Signature Group — for a leased private jet. He apparently hadn't paid his bills, and now Signature Group was poised to take what they were owed.

The break order was initially denied because Signature Group couldn't prove that Lil Wayne had any valuable assets inside his Miami Beach home, which is currently on sale for a reported $18 million. But the order was later granted after the Signature Group obtained pictures showing that Lil Wayne did, in fact, have valuable assets in his house.

"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. Attached to the affidavit, moreover, were pictures from inside the defendant's home showing that he had assets inside," the Signature Group's lawsuit said.

It was unclear yesterday what exactly those assets were, but today TMZ is reporting that Weezy had — "had" being the key word here — an impressive art collection stashed away in his Miami Beach home, which was unoccupied yesterday.

TMZ claims Wayne had $30 million worth of art in his mansion, according to their source. If that was the case, the Signature Group would have only needed to seize a small fragment of that collection to recover its $2 million debt.

TMZ also says officers seized "several plaques."

Still, details about what exactly was seized from Wayne's house remain sketchy at best. New Times reached out to the Signature's Group lawyer, David Goldstein, but he would not comment on what was taken from Lil Wayne's home. 
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Ryan Pfeffer is a contributor and former Miami New Times music editor. After earning a BS from Florida State University, Ryan joined the New Times staff in November 2013 as a web editor.
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