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August 24, 2011
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Popcaan pleads guilty to ganja possession

Popcaan - File

Fast-rising dancehall deejay Andre 'Popcaan' Sutherland, who was found with ganja in his possession about a year ago, pleaded guilty and was fined when he appeared in court on Monday.

Information reaching THE STAR is that Popcaan was arrested for the offence on May 9, last year.

Reports are that at 8 p.m., on the night in question, officers from the Constant Spring Police Station were on mobile patrol along Mannings Hill Road, St Andrew, when they saw a Toyota motor car in the vicinity of the Shell Service Station with four men aboard.

It is alleged that the deejay, who was the driver of the car, was seen with a lit white paper cigar. One of the officers reportedly took the cigar from his mouth. When it was opened in his presence, vegetable matter resembling ganja was found.

THE STAR understands that Popcaan was granted station bail on Friday, May 28, 2010 to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court the following week.

On that occasion, the deejay pleaded not guilty to the charge and was to return to court on July 7, 2010 for mention.

THE STAR further understands that the matter was again set for mention on August 17, 2010 but on that day, a warrant was issued for the deejay's arrest because he did not turn up for court.

After eluding the police for almost one year the deejay was finally arrested on July 22.

Popcaan came to prominence in 2010 after being featured on Vybz Kartel's hit song Clarks. The Gaza Prefect as he is also called, is known for songs such as Dream and Raving.

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