TWO cellular phones and three thumb drives were allegedly removed from the jail cell of popular dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel on Sunday during a search that the police say formed part of investigations into the killing of music producer Patrick 'Roach' Samuels earlier that day.
In a release yesterday, the Jamaica Constabulary Force said that searches of the cells of two other entertainers — Garfield Vassel, who goes by the street name 'Zebra', and Shawn Campbell, more popularly known as 'Shawn Storm' — also turned up items that are prohibited at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre.
In the case of Vassel, the police said a SIM card and "a piece of paper containing instructions purportedly written by a popular entertainer" were confiscated.
"On Monday the lawmen went back to the prison and during further searches, one DVD player and an apple iPod were taken from the cell of Palmer and a DVD player seized from the cell of Shawn Campbell...," the release stated.
The police said the seized items will be analysed "for evidential purposes in the police search for clues as they seek to find the perpetrators behind the murder of Samuels".
Samuels, who at one point was Kartel's road manager, was shot multiple times by gunmen along Manning's Hill Road at about 4:30 am Sunday.
Meanwhile, Kartel — whose real name is Adidja Palmer — is behind bars for the 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams. In july, he and two co-acused were freed of another murder charge.
Yesterday, his attorney Tom Tavares-Finson said that his client was not linked, in any way, to Samuels' death.
"This is not the first occasion that the police have said that contraband was found in his cell," Tavares Finson told the Jamaica Observer.
The attorney said that similar allegations made against his client on a previous occasion "to deny him bail" were proven to be untrue.
"I will wait until after the investigation to make any further comments," he added.
Sources close to Palmer yesterday said Samuels was not in a feud with Palmer and would be regularly seen at the court supporting the artiste.