by Jodee Brown
The Jamaican music world has once again been left in shock after reports have emerged that internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae megastar, Busy Signal has been arrested in connection with an extradition warrant.
According to several reports, the prominent deejay was taken into custody late last week after returning from his tour in Amsterdam, Holland which he had to cut short after receiving word of the extradition warrant. Busy Signal then travelled to England but was denied entry into the country before being held by British immigration officials and then deported. He then returned to Jamaica where he was arrested by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Monday afternoon.
This arrest comes months after media reports revealed that a prominent Jamaican entertainer was being sought out by United States law enforcement officials, who they believed was an associate of former West Kingston strongman,Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke. Coke faces a sentencing hearing on Tuesday in which he could learn the length of time he will serve on drug-related charges and racketeering charges.
According to the head of the Organized Crime Investigation Division (OCID) and Senior Superintendent of Police, Fitz Bailey, Busy Signal is wanted on drug-related charges in the U.S.
Additionally, reports have indicated that the arrest was made after the Swag Tun Up singer has been suspected of using false identification while travelling. The artiste’s real name isGlendale Goshia Gordon but has been going by the nameReanno Devon Gordon. Furthermore, Busy Signal has been accused of fleeing the United States before he could be convicted on a cocaine charge in October 2002.
Busy Signal, who received bail on said cocaine charge in March of that year, allegedly removed his ankle bracelet which American law enforcement officials used to track him before fleeing to Jamaica. The highly regarded singjay has travelled across various continents such as Europe and Africa throughout his career but has avoided going to the United States.
Busy Signal will appear in the Half Way Tree Magistrate’s Court on Thursday where he will learn his fate regarding extradition. If extradited, he’ll be the first high profile Jamaican to be surrendered to American authorities in the two year’s since the arrest of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.
Busy Signal is renowned for several classics such as Step Out, Nah Go a Jail Again, These Are The Days, One More Night and Night Shift. He recently released his all-Reggae album, Reggae Music Again which recently copped a top 5 spot on the U.S Billboard Reggae Chart.