By: Patricia Trutescu
In 2002, in St. Paul, Minnesota, the popular Jamaican DJ, Glendale Goshia Gordon, who performs under the name Busy Signal, was charged in 2002 with two counts related to cocaine trafficking. He left the country before he was to stand trial and was a fugitive until his arrest this May. But when his court date, July 19, 2012 came around, Busy failed to appear in court.
TheGrio.com reports yesterday, the DJ pleaded guilty to one count of failure to appear in court. Sentencing guidelines advise between 12 to 18 months in prison. Bill Mauzy, Busy’s attorney, says he’ll ask for time served. A sentencing date has not been set.
The artist relinquished extradition from Jamaica only on the ‘failure to appear’ charge. While the cocaine charges still exist, the U.S. does not have jurisdiction to prosecute him on the counts.