Julez Santana is allegedly on the run from the Port Authority Police Department after fleeing the Newark Liberty International Airport. The rapper and actor reportedly fled the airport after TSA agents found a firearm on him during a security screening. At approximately 6 p.m. this evening, the Dipset emcee took off in a taxi and Port Authority Police Department are currently searching for the Harlem native.
Following comes from Pei-Sze Cheng and R. Darren Price of NBC New York.
Rapper and actor Juelz Santana allegedly ran away from a security screening at Newark Liberty International Airport Friday evening after law enforcement sources said Transportation Security Administration agents found a gun on him.
Santana, whose real name is LaRon Louis James, was going through the screening at Terminal C about 6 p.m. when sources said agents discovered the firearm.
Sources said that once the “Love and Hip-Hop: New York” star was detected by authorities, he took off running and may have gotten in a taxi.
Port Authority Police Department detectives are currently looking for the Harlem-born performer, according to sources.
According to TSA regulations, bringing a weapon to an airport security checkpoint is punishable by a fine and in some cases could lead to an arrest. Fines for loaded guns can top $9,800.
Representatives for Santana did not return NBC 4 New York’s calls seeking comment.
Citing privacy laws, TSA did not refer to the Harlem rapper by name, but did say that a passenger going through security at the time Santana allegedly did had a gun in their possession. When the passenger realized the gun had been found, they left the airport leaving their luggage and firearm behind.
Stay tuned for more updates as this story develops.
Note: Santana has not been officially identified as a person of interest by the TSA or the Port Authority Police Department. All reports at this time are speculation.