Passaic County Man Admits Trying to Bring Loaded Gun on Plane at Newark Airport

A Totowa man today admitted knowingly possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon and trying to bring a loaded gun onto a plane, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Officials say Laron L. James, a/k/a/ “Juelz Santana,” 36, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler to both counts of an indictment charging him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a weapon on an aircraft. 

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

James admitted that on Mar. 9th he knowingly possessed a loaded Derringer .38 caliber handgun despite the fact he was prohibited from possessing firearms due to his December 2012 conviction in Bergen County Superior Court for manufacturing and distributing a controlled dangerous substance.

Officials say James also admitted that on that date, he attempted to bring the loaded gun onto a flight from Newark to San Francisco. The gun was discovered during the X-Ray screening of James’s luggage before he could board the flight. 

According to authorities, both charges in the indictment carry a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 12th.