Vybz Kartel denies involvement in ‘Roach’ murder, blasts police for treatment

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer, is denying any involvement in the shooting death of popular producer, Patrick 'Roach' Samuels on September 15 in Kingston

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer, is denying any involvement in the shooting death of popular producer, Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels on September 15 in Kingston

by Jodee Brown

With his name being tied to yet another murder, incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel is fed up with law enforcement and is threatening to take action against them for what he deems as consistently unfair treatment.

On Thursday evening, the polarizing deejay issued a handwritten letter to the public addressing a report earlier this week by the Constabulary Communications Network (CCN), revealing that they seized cellular phones, flash drives, a DVD player and an iPod from his cell during separate searches on September 16 and 17. The search was done as part of an investigation into the shooting death of popular Dancehall producer, Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels, Kartel’s former road manager.

In the letter, Kartel pulled no punches as he criticized police for their handling of the searches while vehemently denying any involvement in Samuels’ murder.

“I must first say that the Jamaican police are the worst inefficient set of police in the world,” said Kartel. “Who say they act on intelligence when it is completely the opposite. If ‘Roach’ was killed on Mannings Hill Road Sunday morning, what kind of intelligence could have led the police to Horizon Remand Centre Sunday at midday. I have never spoken to ‘Roach’ or anyone associated with him nor did I have any altercation with him.”

Kartel insisted that he had a permit to carry the various items that were taken from him during the separate searches, citing that Horizon Remand Centre is amongst several prisons which have permits allowing inmates to use different gadgets.

Meanwhile, he hinted that he will be taking action against the police following these most recent events.

“This is not the first time the police have told lies on me since I’ve been here and like the last time when four cell phones were “found in my cell”, I will be contacting INDECOM,” he said, “Mi tired a dem police ya. Police!!! Come off mi back now!! And for once, GO DO REAL POLICE WORK!! Unuh come in like a crosses inna mi life! Mi nuh member bout ‘Roach’ and mi nuh remember bout unuh.”

He then added a postscript regarding the events leading up to Samuels’ death, saying, “Everybody in the streets knows what took place in the “PARTY” between ‘Roach’ and “DEM” so all a who a use dem police friend to try frame me, remember this….. Unfair game play twice.”

All the items seized from Kartel’s cell are being analyzed for evidential purposes as police try to determine what link, if any, they have to Samuels’ murder.

Read Kartel’s full note from behind bars here.

Vybz Kartel’s former road manager and producer, Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels killed

roach1by Jodee Brown

Famed Jamaican music producer and the former road manager for popular deejay, Vybz Kartel, Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels is dead, according to multiple reports Sunday morning.

Samuels was fatally shot by gunmen multiple times shortly after 4 a.m. on Sunday by gunmen while inside his vehicle near a gas station in Mary Brown’s Corner, St. Andrew, according to police. He reportedly tried to escape in his Chevrolet Avalanche but crashed while driving along Mannings Hill Rd. after more shots were fired at him.

The matter is now being investigated.

Samuels was known for several years as the right hand man of currently incarcerated deejay, Vybz Kartel serving as his road manager until the pair reportedly fell out in 2010. He is renowned for producing the Siren Riddim, which featured Sean Paul’s international smash, Break Out as well as, Emergency by Vybz Kartel.

His most successful production was the Overproof Riddim in 2011, a rhythm he worked on alongside JA Productions. The compilation featured artists such asBeenie Man, Mavado, Bounty Killer, Lady Saw, Daniel Bedingfield and garnered much international success with several songs from it topping charts worldwide.