“It’s a total lie” – Popcaan’s legal team takes legal action against JCF | Entertainment
Popcaan’s legal team is working overtime to draft a complaint against the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
The JCF said in a statement on Wednesday that a green notice from the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) alerting authorities to a drug-related conviction may have led to the dancehall entertainer’s immigration issues. Jamaican Popcaan in the UK on Tuesday.
However, Bert Samuels, Popcaan’s lawyer, refutes this claim.
According to Samuels, the statement released by the corporate communications unit about the stop order allegations against Andre Sutherland, Popcaan’s first name, was not accurate.
“It’s a total lie,” Samuels said The Gleaner, adding that “Mr. Sutherland has never been charged with possession of cocaine”.
The lawyer shared that the legal team is currently “drafting a complaint for this cocaine-related mischief”, which he will endeavor to have “filed in court in the morning”.
Samuels explained that the only charges were for possession of marijuana in 2009 and since then she has been cleared of the artist’s criminal record in Barbados.
SMOKING A SPLIFF
The offense was minor, Samuels said, because Popcaan was not involved in any marijuana export but was simply approached by an officer “for smoking a joint, to which he pleaded guilty and paid the fine.”
“Due to the falsity of the JCF statement, we do not accept any statement from them. They are looking to blame someone. Barbados could never have told them there were cocaine charges because there never were, and at no time did we ask for cocaine charges to be quashed,” did he declare.
“My client has never been charged, tried or arrested for cocaine in Barbados, so I don’t trust the JCF on this. They’re looking to get the ball away from Jamaica, and they’re doing it through a lie continued Samuels.
Robert Nesta Morgan, Minister without Portfolio for Information in the Prime Minister’s Office, tweeted on Wednesday that Prime Minister Andrew Holness had been briefed on the situation and was talking to the Minister for National Security and the Commissioner of Police to examine the situation of Popcaan. “in order to facilitate movement as an artist”.
Popcaan is currently in London. Last month, in an interview with Clash 122 Magazine in London, the dancehall entertainer said he was taking his iconic Unruly Fest to Europe for the summer of 2022. Events would take place in Croatia and London, although no date details were announced.