‘Busy’ facing extradition

‘Busy’ facing extradition

US Gov’t wants dancehall artiste

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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POPULAR Jamaican dancehall singjay ‘Busy Signal’ was yesterday arrested by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston as he disembarked a flight, at 3:45 pm, after being deported from the United Kingdom.

The artiste, whose real name is Glendale Goshia Gordon, but who has been going by the name Reanno Devon Gordon, was held in London on Friday on suspicion that he was travelling on false documents.

Jamaica Observer sources say Busy Signal had performed in Amsterdam and Paris last week, but cut short his tour after he apparently got wind of the fact that an extradition warrant was issued for him by the United States Government.

However, when he got to England he was refused entry into that country and detained by British Immigration officials.

The Americans have accused Gordon, who was a resident alien, of fleeing that country in 2002 before he could be sentenced on a cocaine charge in October that year.

An Observer source said yesterday that the artiste, who got bail in March 2002, is suspected of removing an ankle bracelet — used as a tracking device by US authorities to ascertain the whereabouts of a suspect on bail — and fleeing to Jamaica.

Police yesterday said the artiste has been under surveillance for several years.

He has been travelling extensively but has steered clear of the US.

Gordon is scheduled to appear in the Half-Way-Tree Resident Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. If he is extradited, he will be first high-profile Jamaican to be surrendered to the US authorities in the two years since former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke was captured and sent to New York on drug-related charges.

A sentencing hearing is set to begin today for Coke, who pleaded guilty to racketeering.

Busy Signal is known for the popular hits One More Night — a remake of the Phil Collins original, Jamaica Love and Nah Go A Jail Again.

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