UPDATE: Juelz Santana Could Face 10 Years In Prison For Weapons Charge
Juelz Santana Could Face 10 Years In Prison For Weapons Charge
Juelz Santana, 36, is charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of carrying a weapon on an aircraft.
Juelz Santana has appeared in federal court today after turning himself in to authorities for allegedly trying to get a firearm through security at Newark Liberty International Airport. The 36-year-old is charged by complaint with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of carrying a weapon on an aircraft. He has been brought by law enforcement before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson in Newark federal court.
For those not following the story, Santana submitted his carry-on bag for inspection at Newark Airport. While waiting for his bag to be screened, a TSA agent identified a suspected firearm and contacted the Port Authority Police. Once that happened, Juelz left the security checkpoint area without his belongings, including his driver’s license and boarding pass, exiting the airport in a taxi. According to investigators, Juelz’s bag revealed that it contained a Derringer .38 caliber handgun, which was loaded with two rounds.
Due to a 2013 conviction for manufacturing and distributing a controlled dangerous substance, Juelz Santana was prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Both charges in the complaint carry a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison.
This is still a developing story. Stay tuned to @Okayplayer as we continue to update.
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The Diplomats rapper went on the run after it was discovered he had a gun in his bag by TSA. Now, Juelz Santana is expected to turn himself in on Sunday.
Juelz Santana is apparently tired of running from authorities, as it is reported he is expected to turn himself in to authorities Sunday (March 11). The Diplomats rapper was found to have a gun in his luggage by TSA when he was at an airport in Newark. Juelz appeared to have fled the scene in a taxicab after the loaded weapon was found in his bag on Friday.
“PAPD detectives have been searching for him,” WPIX reported Sunday. “Police from Totowa, New Jersey said they were told the rapper will be turning himself in Sunday morning.” Given the gun laws in New Jersey, Juelz could be facing numerous potential legal hurdles moving forward. Per the TSA, those traveling from New Jersey with firearms should have their weapons “unloaded and packed inside a hard sided firearm case.”
Originally reported to have been turning himself in to authorities at approximately 9:00 a.m. local time, it has since been made unclear if he would be turning himself in at that time or a later one. Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo reportedly said there had been “no developments” in the case, and no arrests have been made.
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According to numerous reports, Juelz Santana is currently on the run from Newark Airport after trying to get a gun through security Friday.
Rapper Juelz Santana is no stranger to the law. According to police sources and news reports, the Diplomat MC is on the run from the opps after he was caught trying to get a gun through security Friday. The Harlem native, whose real name is LaRon Louis James, ran away when TSA agents in terminal C spotted the weapon around 6:00 p.m., according to Port Authority officials.
The 36-year-old may have jumped in a cab and attempted to flee the situation. The “Whistle Song” celebrity did not have his name revealed, as the TSA cited privacy laws, but said that the man was recognized by other patrons and called out when he realized the gun had been found by TSA and bolted for the exit, leaving his luggage and gun behind. Again, Santana has been no stranger to the law, as he was arrested in 2011 after New Jersey cops found marijuana, a pair of loaded handguns and ammunition in his Bergenfield, N.J., recording studio.
SOURCE: NY Daily News