*Despite his current living situation behind bars, Lil Wayne was issued a bench warrant in Arizona Wednesday after he failed to appear for a hearing on drug and weapons charges.

The rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, was due in Yuma County Superior Court for a final trial management conference. But Lil Wayne’s attorney, James Tilson, said his client couldn’t appear because he’s been busy serving a one-year jail sentence in New York for having a loaded gun on his tour bus.

Lil Wayne was arrested in January 2008 at a border checkpoint 78 miles east of Yuma after authorities say they found cocaine, Ecstasy and a handgun on his tour bus. The 27-year-old has been charged with one count each of possession of a narcotic drug for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He has plead not guilty to all the charges.

Tilson said he has filed motions to have Lil Wayne’s March 30 trial date vacated, and asked the court that his client be allowed to appear in Yuma when he finishes his New York jail sentence. He also has asked that his bond remain the same.

“It does not appear that a trial will be occurring anytime within the next eight to 12 months,” Tilson said.

But Yuma County prosecutor Deann Sandry said it was the state’s position that Lil Wayne is now a convicted felon and that a bench warrant should be issued and his bond be increased to $150,000.