Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced the arrest of Laron James aka â€œJuelz Santanaâ€ on four (4) counts of narcotic and weapon offenses.Â The arrest came about as a result of a ten month joint investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Gang Unit.
On Thursday, January 20, 2011, a search warrant was executed at Juelz’s Â StudioÂ Santana’s World. Â During the execution of the Search Warrant, two (2) fully loaded 9mm caliber handguns were found in the recording studio along with several boxes of ammunition. Additionally, seventeen (17) small clear zip-lock bags each containing a greenish brown vegetation, consistent with the appearance of Marijuana, and drug paraphernalia were seized. Santana was charged with Possession of a Firearm and a Controlled Dangerous Substance namely Marijuana, Possession of a Handgun Without Having a Permit,Â Possession With Intent To Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance namely Marijuana, and Possession With Intent To Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance.
Bail was set for Santana at $125,000 with no 10% cash option. Santana was remanded to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of bail.