Juelz Santana Indicted on Federal Gun Charges, Faces 20 Years in Prison

The rapper is currently on house arrest.

Juelz Santana has been indicted on federal weapons charges after he was found with a loaded firearm at Newark Liberty International Airport earlier this year, NJ.com reports.

In March, the rapper attempted to board a flight to San Francisco with a pistol and live rounds in his carry-on luggage. Once he realized authorities were about to discover the gun, he took off running and hopped in a taxi to get away from the scene. A boarding pass inside the bag identified him, and he would eventually turn himself in a few days later. To make matters worse, eight oxycodone pills were also found in his luggage, and he was officially charged with both weapon and drug possession. Talk about not packing light. 

Santana was held in custody until the beginning of April when he posted $500,000 bond but was ordered to wear an ankle monitor and remain under house arrest at his mother's residence. He may have pleaded not guilty, but a grand jury returned the verdict on Monday, alleging he was likely trying to smuggle a handgun onto the flight. His previous felony charges would bar him from possessing one at all.

The rapper's indictment carries with it two felony convictions: carrying a firearm on an aircraft and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He faces up to 20 years in prison, with a decade for each charge.

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