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Absent lawyer delays musicians’ sentencing for cocaine

Published:Saturday | March 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Garth Jobson and Ramone Rowe, the two musicians who pleaded guilty to cocaine charges following their arrest last December, have had their sentencing put off until next Wednesday, March 11, following their latest appearance in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Jobson, who is of an Albion address in St James, had previously pleaded guilty to possession of, dealing in, and attempting to export five pounds of cocaine; while Rowe, who is from Rose Mount in the parish, had pleaded guilty to the same charges in relation to two pounds of cocaine. Their sentencing was deferred on Friday after Jobson's lawyer Adrian Dayes told presiding magistrate Natalie Hart-Hines that Rowe's attorney, Martyn Thomas, was engaged at the Trelawny Circuit Court.

pellets discovered

The allegations against Jobson and Rowe are that on December 18, 2014, they were preparing to depart the island for New Jersey from the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, when they were taken aside and interviewed by airport authorities.

The two men were subsequently taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where Jobson excreted 181 pellets of cocaine, and Rowe excreted 94 pellets. The men were later arrested and charged.

Jobson and Rowe, who have already had their sentencing deferred on two previous occasions, were among six defendants who were all arrested on similar charges related to cocaine. The other four defendants are Kevin Tapper, Kharell Wisdom, and Claudette Miller-Robinson, all entertainers, and Simone Bacchas, an entertainment manager.