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'Busy' to be taken to United States today

Published:Tuesday | June 19, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Dancehall singjay Busy Signal (left) is escorted to the Half-Way Tree Court by a policeman in St Andrew last month. - Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer

Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator

A team of United States marshals arrived in the island yesterday to this afternoon escort dancehall artiste Busy Signal back to America, where he is to face criminal charges in the state of Minnesota.

"A private plane landed this afternoon at the Norman Manley International Airport," a law-enforcement officer, who is close to the matter, disclosed to The Gleaner yesterday.

This was further confirmed by a prominent attorney-at-law yesterday evening.

The artiste, whose real name is Glendale Gordon, recently waived his right to challenge extradition proceedings.

Drug offence

The dancehall star had been implicated in a narcotics offence and is being extradited for failing to appear before the court to answer charges in relation to the offence, allegedly committed in 2002.

'Busy', as he is affectionately called by his fans worldwide, was greeted at the Norman Manley International Airport on May 21 by law-enforcement agents from the US, the United Kingdom, and Jamaica. As he stepped off the plane, the extradition warrant was executed on him.

The Gleaner understands that the entertainer was returning from a tour in Amsterdam. His arrest came months after The Gleaner broke news that a prominent entertainer was on the radar of the US and was to be extradited.

glenroy.sinclair@gleanerjm.com