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UK court to sentence J'can 'Father Fowl' this week for drugs

Observer Reporter

Tuesday, June 15, 2004    

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OWEN Clarke, a 46 year-old drug dealer who went by the names "Roy Fowl" and "Father Fowl", was last week convicted in England on drug trafficking charges.

Clarke, who is to be sentenced this week, was found guilty of possession with intent to supply and conspiracy to manufacture crack cocaine.

He was held when undercover agents grabbed him handing over a bag containing £7,000 to a man last year. However, the UK police said it took them three years in an undercover operation, code-named Jasle, to nab the man who was described as a flamboyant international drug baron. The UK authorities were assisted in their investigations by Jamaican police and the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigations.

The Guardian newspaper reported that Clarke, who is married to an English woman, lived in a modest two-bedroom house in Sudbury, north of London.

However, the newspaper said he led a lavish lifestyle and owned at least three houses here in Jamaica, where he regularly threw big parties. It also said he would regularly invite up to 7,000 people to a nightclub in St Catherine, where he raked up to US$5 million to plough back into his drug business.

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