Just before the weekend (March 10), “Time Ticking” rapper Juelz Santana, 36, made the mistake of bringing a gun through security at Newark Liberty International Airport. After officials saw the weapon in the x-ray tunnel — and after Santana realized his mishap — the artist reportedly “fled” the scene. A Port Authority Police Department spokesman told Page Six that he left behind two bags and his ID.
Of course, Port Authority PD were searching high and low for him, but their search has now ended. Santana turned himself in.
“As TSA started going through his bag, he ran out of the airport and jumped in a cab,” a source told the South Passaic Daily Voice. According to the official police report obtained by NorthJersey.com, the rapper “paced the [TSA checkpoint] area nervously and requested that several individuals screen his bag because he was going to miss his flight.” While checking the carry-on bag, the TSA agent “identified a suspected firearm.”
For those who don’t know, authorities can arrest those attempting to get a firearm through TSA and onto the passenger area of a plane. If the weapon is loaded, offenders can be fined around $10,000.
However, these facts are most likely the least of Santana’s worries. He is a convicted felon who was just caught with a gun, after all. After running from authorities following the loaded gun’s discovery, Santana turned himself in to Port Authority Newark Airport police early Monday (March 12) morning, facing a slew of charges. Born LaRon Louis James, the New York native was booked for an old federal warrant, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance.
Santana has to be smarter. Three short years ago, the rapper had another run-in with authorities. A few plain-clothes police officers walked right onto a Brooklyn music video set — put together by Santana, French Montana alongside Busta Rhymes and attended by several others — uncovering a ton of no-nos.
Reportedly, numerous residents from the area called 911 to complain about the unexpected crowd hanging around the outside of the Bravo Supermarket in Cypress Hills. Upon arrival the cops assessed the roughly 200 fans, video extras and artists, finding several loaded guns and illegal drugs.
“A Ziploc bag of coke, some marijuana, and several tablets of Molly were also recovered along with the four loaded guns,” police sources told New York Post at the time. None of the stars were charged, which was lucky for Santana because before this…
The actor/rapper’s recording studio, Santana’s World, was raided. A reported 10-month investigation led the Bergen County Prosecutors Office and Gang Unit to find loaded firearms, ammunition and three ounces of weed on the property. Santana was charged with possession of a firearm, possession of a handgun without a permit, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.
Later that year, Santana’s run-ins with the law lead him to miss his performance at Chris Brown’s record release party for F.A.M.E. After being stopped and searched in route to the event, authorities didn’t allow him to enter the venue. In the fall of that same year, Santana was charged with “making terrorist threats and disorderly conduct.”
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