Authorities go after assets of St Ann businessman incarcerated in US
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
The government-owned Assets Recovery Agency is pursuing a claim in the Supreme Court to get an order to forfeit the assets of St Ann businessman Morris 'Deedo' Nembhard who is serving a sentence in the United States for drug offences.
Nembhard and four other Jamaicans Robroy Williams, Glenford Williams, Vivian Dalley and former Police Corporal Herbert Henry pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to import more than five kilograms of cocaine and more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana into the US.
The court has granted an order to the Assets Recovery Agency, restraining Nembhard and his agent Claudia Nembhard from disposing of the assets.
A court order was made for full particulars of all the assets owned by Nembhard.
Some of the assets identified are six properties in Cardiff Hall, St Ann and 12 motor vehicles.
Under the Proceeds of Crime Act of 2007, the State can take possession of assets belonging to persons who obtained them through illicit means such as drug dealing and money laundering.
Nembhard, whom US President George W. Bush called a drug kingpin, and the four others were extradited to the United States in 2008.
They had been in custody for four years seeking to have their extradition orders set aside before they were sent to the US.
The men's extradition stemmed from joint investigation among the Jamaican, United States, British and Colombian governments.
Nembhard pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
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