Rapper Juelz Santana was arrested Monday, accused of bringing a loaded gun to Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday and fleeing the scene, police said in a statement.
The 36-year-old rapper — real name: LaRon James — was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a weapon on an aircraft, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
James, a Totowa, N.J., resident, reportedly went to Newark airport Friday evening for a flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, the rapper submitted his luggage for X-ray screening at the airport's security gate, where a Transportation Security Administration agent found a firearm. That agent the contacted Port Authority Police.
According to a complaint, the "There It Go" hitmaker fled the airport in a taxi after seeing his bag had attracted attention, leaving behind his luggage, driver's license, and boarding pass.
Following further inspection of the bag, police say they found a 0.38 caliber Derringer pistol loaded with two rounds. James has been prohibited from possessing a firearm since 2013, when he was convicted of manufacturing and distributing a controlled substance, officials said.
James surrendered to authorities Monday morning.
Each charge the rapper currently faces carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.