Dipset’s Juelz Santana is really hoping a judge can see the value of having an appeal bigger than the Garden State. The hip-hop artist has reportedly requested permission to travel outside of New Jersey to support his family.
According to reports, Santana asked a judge for a green light to work outside of Jersey as he awaits his next court hearing in a publicized airport arrest case.
On May 4, Santana’s lawyer wrote a letter to the judge presiding over the criminal case, requesting the rapper to be allowed to leave New Jersey while out on bond. The letter explains that Santana has followed all terms of his release to date, but he needs to be able to perform to support himself, his girlfriend Kimbella, several children, and many family members. He says his touring is his only source of money. (The Blast)
This past weekend, Juelz went to Instagram and shared a pic of himself donning an ankle monitor alongside his daughter.
Last week, reports surfaced about Santana facing 20 years behind bars if convicted.
Federal prosecutors say the two-count indictment made public Wednesday charges Santana with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a weapon on an aircraft. The indictment was handed up on Monday by a federal grand jury, and he could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on both counts. (SacBee)
Days prior, Dipset’s Jim Jones addressed Santana’s publicized airport arrest and his protégé’s state of mind just days after getting released on bail.
“Juelz is doing good. I mean, we talk about the bigger scheme of things. He’s in a bad situation but his spirits are up. He was smiling. He’s glad to be back home with his family, with his kids, with his mom, his brothers. It’s nothing like being home and going through some realities in life that make you straighten up and focus at all costs. He’s in a hell of a situation but you know we always say our prayers, we hire great lawyers and we put it in God’s hands. He’ll be alright. Never want to be mad at Juelz. He piss you off sometimes – he’s got the little brother syndrome forever. Me and Cam was laughing the other night. We got like a high school mentality forever. We’re just stuck in that realm. Juelz is always like 16 to us but he’s a grown man. We gotta stop that sh*t. But overall he feels good. He understands he’s blessed to be out on bail and he’s got a chance to work again and the best thing he can do right now is get in that studio, work, get his music out and start making some money and get back reacclimated to the game and let’s do this Diplomat thing – you hear what happened but you don’t know what happened. I can just tell you that. There’s always more to it. There’s three sides to every story but that’s not my situation to talk about. I’m just happy that he’s out to make some money for his family and make some money for his lawyers and get a second chance and all that. He’ll be alright.” (“The Angie Martinez Show”)