Popular dancehall/reggae artiste Busy Signal (real name – Glendale Goshia Gordon), who was arrested recently on an extradition warrant to the United States, appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday, where he surprisingly waived his right to an extradition hearing.
Busy allegedly has 3 passports none of which have been confiscated by Jamaican authorities and according to media reports this was one of the reasons why bail was denied.
Interestingly, Busy Signal’s high-powered legal team is being led by the highly experienced K.D. Knight, sought to explain their surprising move.
According to Knight, Busy Signal was arrested on a provisional warrant for ‘absconding bail’, and that the warrant contained no mention of any drug-related charges. Thus, according to Knight, Busy Signal has consented to waiving the extradition hearing and facing the charge of absconding bail, and that any move by U.S. authorities to apply the much-talked-about drug-related charges after he arrives in the U.S., would be a breach the Extradition Treaty between the two countries that would trigger a “diplomatic furore.” By the terms of this treaty, “the subject of an extradition can only be tried for the offence for which he was extradited.”
However, the U.S. authorities may attempt to serve a second warrant (with the drug charges) on Busy Signal via the Jamaican Government.
Meanwhile, Busy Signal’s drug-related charges stem from his arrest in U.S. state of Minnesota back in 2002. Apparently, Busy fled the country while he was out on bail and awaiting trial on the following charges: one count of Conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, 3 counts of conspiracy to distribute cocaine (level 4) and a 3rd charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
Here are some of the highlights of Busy Signal’s arrest:
- Busy Signal’s alleged co-accused, Rayon Walker, is Jamaican citizen who arrived in the U.S. on a flight from Jamaica, and was found to have approximately 1.2 kilograms cocaine in his possession. Walker agreed to cooperate with special agents, ostensibly to continue as planned with the delivery of the cocaine to Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- Busy Signal allegedly arrived in Minneapolis the following day on a one-way ticket from Hartford, Connecticut, and several phone calls allegedly took place between Busy Signal and Walker to arrange a meeting to pick-up the cocaine.
- Later that day, Busy Signal allegedly meets up with Walker, takes possession of the bag containing the cocaine, and is arrested as he exits the hotel.
- Busy Signal is indicated as a U.S. Citizen. If he is indeed a U.S. citizen, are there implications of the U.S. Government being able to level additional charges (as they see fit) when he arrives in the U.S., without worry/fear of the diplomatic fall-out that would normally occur if they were to put a Jamaican citizen on trial for a charge that he/she was not extradited for in the first place (which would be a breach of the Extradition Treaty that currently exists between the U.S. and Jamaica).
As far as we know, Busy Signal, real name Glendale Goshia Gordon and not Reanno Gordon was a permanent resident and not a U.S. citizen.
This is surely turning out to be the biggest high profile extradition cases, since drug warlord and fellow Jamaican, Christopher “Dudus” Coke.
Busy Signal is schedule to appear in court June 6.