Soulja Boy was charged Monday with illegal possession of firearms, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. The rapper (real name DeAndre Cortez Way) faces two felony weapons possession charges and one misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property. If convicted, he faces over four years in state prison.
The rapper pleaded not guilty in an arraignment hearing on Monday and will return to Los Angeles County Superior Court on February 28th.
Way was arrested by Los Angeles police at his house on December 15th. The rapper was on probation from a previous firearms charge and had been ordered not to possess any weapons, but law enforcement allegedly found the rapper with a Mini Draco AR-IS assault weapon and a Glock 21 handgun, according to the D.A.’s office. Prosecutors said one of the firearms had been reported stolen from a police vehicle in Huntington Beach, California.
A rep for the rapper did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
Soulja Boy, who broke out in 2007 with his Number One debut single, “Crank That (Soulja Boy),” will release his fourth studio album, Draco, on February 21st. Last week, the rapper detailed the project and unveiled the black-and-white artwork, which shows his smiling face next to the titular weapon.