The 36-year-old rapper, whose real name is LaRon James, fled the airport after a firearm in his carry-on bag was detected by an X-ray at the security gate, NorthJersey.com reports. Santana then “retreated from the security checkpoint area without his belongings … in a taxi,” according to court documents obtained by the outlet, adding that he abandoned the .38-caliber handgun along with his driver’s license and two bags.
Santana turned himself into Port Authority police around 1 a.m. Monday, department spokesman Joe Pentangelo told NJ.com. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a weapon on an aircraft, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of drugs.
The criminal complaint said James, who was scheduled to leave for a flight to San Francisco at 6:25 p.m., “paced the area nervously and requested that several individuals screen his bag expeditiously because he was going to miss his flight.”
TMZ adds that the entertainer was also booked on an “unspecified federal warrant.”
Rapper Juelz Santana turns himself in to face weapons charge
Port Authority police did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for further comment. A rep for Santana did not return PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Juelz Santana Fernando Leon/Getty According to NJ.com, Santana is prevented from carrying a gun because of a conviction in 2013 for manufacturing and selling drugs.
A criminal complaint obtained by the outlet stated that Santana “paced the area nervously and requested that several individuals screen his bag expeditiously because he was going to miss his flight” leading up to the incident.
The “There It Go (The Whistle Song)” singer was scheduled to perform at San Francisco’s The Grand Nightclub on Saturday night, but the show was canceled, according to NorthJersey.com.
A statement from the U.S. Attorneys Office said James is not allowed to carry a gun because of a conviction in 2013 for manufacturing and selling drugs.
The outlet adds that Santana is due to appear in federal court in Newark at 2 p.m. on Monday.
Juelz Santana, 36, reportedly turned himself in to the Newark, New Jersey authorities after an incident that occurred over the weekend.
According to the New York Daily News, Santana (born LaRon James), surrendered to the Port Authority Newark Airport police facility on Sunday (Mar. 11) at 1 a.m. In the heat of the discovery, the New York City native reportedly sprinted to a cab once TSA spotted a gun in his luggage.
Although James’ actions are still unknown, it could have been the result of either an unspecified warrant (which he was charged with along with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a dangerous substance) or the fact that the “There It Go” rapper was arrested at his Bergenfield, New Jersey studio in 2011 when police found marijuana and two loaded handguns.
Despite this legal situation, James’ recent musical rebirth will more than likely be put on hold. He recently appeared on Lil Waynes Dedication 6 Reloaded mixtape, and the rumors of a Dipset reunion album created a lot of hype around James’ resurgence.