Santana didn’t sweat it because he had no idea he’d packed the weapon. But as it turned out, Santana already had an active warrant for a traffic violation, so he decided to dip. He learned about the gun when everybody else did.
“The fact that they had the warrant and they said higher authorities are going to search your bag,” he continued. “So I’m like, they gon’ lock me up for the weekend,” he said. “I literally walked. Everybody saying, ‘He ran out the airport. He had one shoe on…’ I get in the cab.
“I hear, on Hot 97… So gettin’ close to my crib, [Hot 97] said, ‘Rapper Juelz Santana Flees Newark airport after firearm was retrieved from his bag.’ I’m like ‘What?! Ain’t no firearm retrieved from my bag.'”
The Harlem native is able to smile about it now — with new teeth, no less — but it’s presumably something he’s relieved is behind him.
Elsewhere in the interview, Joe and Santana chopped it up about his time in prison, spending time in the hole and upcoming music. Watch the full discussion above. The weapon segment begins around the 19:20-minute mark.