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Sentencing of musicians on cocaine rap delayed

Published:Saturday | February 7, 2015 | 2:00 AM

WESTERN BUREAU:

Garth Jobson and Ramone Rowe, the two St James-based musicians who pleaded guilty in relation to a cocaine bust at the Sangster International Airport on December 18, 2014, had their sentencing deferred Wednesday when they appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court.

Jobson, who is 34 years old and is of an Albion address in Montego Bay, had previously pleaded guilty to possession of, dealing in, and attempting to export five pounds of cocaine; while Rowe, 29 years old, from a Rosemount address, pleaded guilty to possession of two pounds of cocaine.

The men, who were a part of a group of six musicians who were implicated in the drug bust, were remanded in custody following Wednesday's court appearance and are to return for sentencing on February 25.

The allegations against Jobson and Rowe are that, on December 18, they were preparing to depart the island for New Jersey 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.

When the duo went before presiding magistrate Natalie Hart-Hines, it was disclosed that their social enquiry reports, which should have been prepared to assist in determining their sentences, were not completed.

The cases against Kevin Tapper, Kharell Wisdom, Simone Bacchas, and Claudette Miller-Robinson, the other four musicians, who were also arrested and charged in the same incident, are being tried separately.

Miller-Robinson, the former lead singer of the all-female group Ebony, is alleged to have been found with one pound of cocaine. Tapper has not yet pleaded.

All four are to return to court on February 13, when their matters will be mentioned.

- C.T.