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Submitted by on Sat, 10/27/2007 - 6:37pm.

Rapper Lil Wayne's concert that wasn't cost the New Hanover County Sheriff's Department some big bucks.

New Hanover County Sheriff Sid Causey says his department spent close to $65,000 to patrol New Hanover High's Brogden Hall last Sunday night. There was concern among some parents and school administrators the concert could provoke violence.

The department says it had 148 deputies working the event that was projected to have 4,600 attendees. Even though less than 1,000 people actually came -- and Lil Wayne never performed -- Sheriff Causey says he has no regrets about being over-prepared.

"A child's life, you can't put a dollar figure on it," Sheriff Causey said. "So if I need 148 people there to make that child safe, then that's what I've got to do and that's what I did."

The promotion company still owes the Sheriff’s Department $1,400 for the additional security. Causey seemed skeptical that he'll see that money any time soon.

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