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Rapper accused of carrying gun at Newark airport arrested

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Port Authority police have arrested rapper Juelz Santana after a 38-caliber handgun was found in a carry-on bag containing his identification at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Santana was arrested earlier this morning and faces charges of unlawful possession of  a weapon, possession of a controlled dangerous substance (suspected drugs), and an unspecified federal warrant.

He is expected to appear in federal court in Newark later today.

MORE: Airport police find gun in bag, suspect rapper Juelz Santana

Santana, whose real name is LaRon James, lives in New Jersey.

A Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman says agents noticed the firearm in the bag passing through an X-ray at a security checkpoint. That's when authorities say the suspect took off running.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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