James was at Newark Liberty International Airport on March 9 heading to San Francisco, authorities said. A Transportation Security Administration agent found a .38-caliber handgun and drugs.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Desiree Latzer told Hammer that James was a flight risk and should remain in custody. Latzer said James’ criminal history and a 2014 restraining order following a domestic abuse charge should be considered.


“I’m just happy to be in God’s graces,” James told The Record outside the federal courthouse Friday. “I was praying every day. He came through for me … just gotta do the right thing, do everything I need to do the right thing so I stay home.”


LaRon James, the rapper’s legal name, was ordered to be released into the custody of his mother by Judge Michael A. Hammer. A $500,000 bond was secured by his mother’s Englewood home.


NEWARK — Rapper Juelz Santana, in custody since March 12 for allegedly fleeing and leaving a gun and drugs in his luggage at Newark Liberty International Airport, was released Friday.