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MUG SHOT: Rapper Juelz Santana Arrested & Released On $125,000 Bail; Drug & Weapons Charges


Feb. 3 2011, Published 11:15 a.m. ET

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Rapper Juelz Santana was released from the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey on Thursday after posting $125,000 bail and has his mug shot.

The 28-year-old singer was arrested on Tuesday after a search of his recording studio turned up two fully-loaded 9mm handguns and 17 bags of marijuana.

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According to authorities, Santana – real name Laron James – was being investigated for nearly 10 months before the search warrant was executed, resulting in his arrest.

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Santana was charged with possession of a firearm and a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a handgun without having a permit, possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance within 1,000 feet of a school zone and possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance.

Bergen County prosecutor John L. Molinelli said the recording studio doubled as a gang operation and believes that Santana is a member of the Bloods street gang.

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Santana is best known for his 2003 hit There It Go (The Whistle Song) and was also featured on fellow rapper Cam’ron’s 2002 singles Oh Boy and Hey Ma.

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“I don’t like to advertise the fact that he’s a rapper, because some of these guys will use the arrest to increase their record sales,” Molinelli said.

“To me, he’s just a criminal.”


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