Reggae Icon, Denroy Morgan, in a routine traffic stop in the Bronx, was caught with 25 pounds of marijuana in his car. In a subsequent search of an apartment building he was seen coming from, police found 310 pounds of Marijuna.
The New York Daily News is reporting that Morgan is the legendary reggae musician who has lived in Springfield since the 1970s.
According to a NYPD release, officers with the Narcotics Borough Manhattan Tactical Response Team stopped Morgan’s car in traffic as part of an ongoing investigation. As detectives talked with Morgan, they could smell the aroma of marijuana coming from inside the car. They asked Morgan about it, and he indicated there was some marijuana in the trunk.
The investigation led detectives to 1122 Taylor Ave. in the Bronx where they executed a search warrant that resulted in the finding of the 310-pound cache of marijuana.
A second man, Wayne Swavy, 46, of Mount Vernon, N.Y. was arrested after he was seen leaving the Taylor Avenue apartment. Police found 16 pounds of marijuana in his car.
The Daily News quotes unnamed police officials saying the total haul is worth as much as $351,000 in street sales.
Morgan had a hit single in 1981 with the single “I’ll do anything for you.”
According to 1999 Springfield Republican article, Morgan was born in Jamaica but moved to New York when he was in his late teens. He moved to Springfield in the 1970s at about the time he started having children did not trust New York as a proper environment for raising children.
Morgan reportedly has 30 children with different partners, and several of them have established musical careers of their own, including the internationally known reggae group Morgan Heritage.