DANCEHALL act Busy Signal shocked his fans yesterday when he decided against fighting his extradition to the United States where he is wanted for trial on drug-trafficking charges.
Preparations are now being made by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) for the forwarding of the relevant documents to the minister of justice who will determine whether he will sign the warrant of surrender, which is the final stage in extraditing the artiste to the United States — 10-years after he fled that country.
The artiste, whose real name is Glendale Goshia Gordon, fled the US in 2002 before the start of his trial on a cocaine charge in October that year. Gordon had since travelled to other countries, but avoided the US.
He was arrested minutes before 4:00 Monday afternoon by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston as he disembarked a flight after being deported from the United Kingdom.
The UK had refused entry to Gordon, who was on his way from another European country where he had been performing. Gordon had been travelling under the name Reanno Devon Gordon.
Gordon is being extradited on a provisional warrant for failure to appear for trial in the United States.