A search warrant executed last month at Santana’s Washington Avenue recording studio turned up two fully-loaded 9mm handguns and 17 bags of suspected marijuana, said John L. Molinelli, the Bergen County prosecutor.
Santana, 28, of Teaneck, whose real name is Laron James, was charged on Wednesday with possession of a firearm and a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a handgun without having a permit, possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, and possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance within 1,000 feet of a school zone.
The raid, which Molinelli said was initiated by the prosecutor’s office’s gang unit, also netted two Santana associates last week. One of them, Toby M. Raynor, who raps under the name Hynief, had allegedly sold drugs to undercover prosecutor’s office agents over the summer.
Molinelli described the studio as a well-established gang operation.
“These guys are the real deal,” he said, adding that Santana is believed to be a member of the Bloods street gang.