by Jodee Brown
Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel can now call himself a free man, at least in one case as all drug-related charges against the deejay have been dropped.
The embattled entertainer was freed of ganja charges when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston this morning. The charges were dropped after it was deemed that there was no evidence offered by the prosecution in this case.
Presiding Resident Magistrate, Maxine Ellis reportedly stopped short of calling the prosecution’s case against Vybz Kartel malicious given that someone else had pleaded guilty to possessing a small quantity of marijuana that was found in a New Kingston hotel room where the highly regarded deejay and a group of people were arrested at last September.
Kartel was then charged with illegal possession of marijuana for the incident and was investigated for and later slapped with a pair of murder charges.
Ellis commented on the case on Wednesday, saying, “What is the useful purpose of continuing after someone else claimed ownership of the spliff…How many people can own this little spliff?” before declaring that Kartel appear in court on Thursday when the case would be resolved.
Another defendant in the case, Alicia Jackson was ordered to pay a JA$500 fine or face 30 days in jail for the drug offense. She paid the fine and was released shortly thereafter.
Vybz Kartel remains incarcerated as he has yet to receive bail in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder case in which he faces a murder charge as well as two obstruction of justice-related charges. The former Portmore Empire leader was granted JA$3 million bail in his other murder case in which he’s accused of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in the killing St. Catherine based promoter, Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton last July.