Rapper Juelz Santana – who has been on house arrest since he was arrested in March on charges he brought a loaded gun to the Newark Liberty International Airport – was granted permission by a New Jersey federal judge to join his group when the Dipset tour begins this month.
But Santana, whose real name is LaRon James, will have to drive to the concerts, and his mother will have to accompany him, U.S. Magistrate Michael A. Hammer said Friday.
The Newark, N.J., magistrate also ruled that James, 36, of Totowa, can only attend the first five concerts before his next court hearing. James also cannot travel with other members of Dipset and must provide the court and law enforcement with his itinerary before he departs, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark. Also, James may not carry any weapons or possess illegal drugs, under the magistrate’s order. He is also required to continue to wear an electronic ankle bracelet.
James was planning to board a plane to fly to San Francisco in March when a Transportation Security Administration agent spotted the gun in his bag during X-ray screening at the airport security gate, authorities said.
James fled the scene, leaving the airport by taxi, authorities said. He surrendered three days later and was placed on house arrest.
He was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a weapon on an aircraft. Authorities said he had a .38 caliber Derringer pistol in his suitcase.
According to hotnewhiphopnews.com, James recently wrote a letter to the judge to ask if he could tour with his group, the Diplomats, popularly known as Dipset. He said that he needed to join the tour so that he can make money to fend off the foreclosure of his home, according to the website.
The first concert in the Dipset tour will be June 21 in Hampton, N.H., with other concerts in Norfolk, Va., Baltimore, Charlotte, and Greensboro, N.C.
After his arrest, the Electric Factory in Philadelphia canceled a concert by the Diplomats, “due to unforeseen circumstances.” He was also missing from the lineup during the 11th annual Roots Picnic at Festival Pier in Philadelphia on June 2.
Authorities said the “There it Go” hitmaker has been prohibited from possessing a firearm since 2013, when he was convicted of manufacturing and distributing a controlled substance.
If convicted of the new charges, he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.
Dipset recently released a new song “Stronger,” from the soundtrack for the upcoming movie Uncle Drew.