Juelz Santana: Airport police search for rapper after finding gun in carry-on bag

Juelz Santana attends the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City.

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Airport police are searching for rapper Juelz Santana after a gun was found in a carry-on bag containing his identification at Newark Liberty International Airport. A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that Port Authority Police Department detectives are searching for the 36-year-old Harlem native, who currently lives in New Jersey.

Authorities on Friday evening found a loaded .38-caliber handgun along with an ID for Santana, whose real name is LaRon James.

The official wasn't authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity because no arrests have been made. Representatives for Santana haven't returned a message seeking comment.

A Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman said 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.