Despite a criminal record in the United States and talks that she was probably deported from the country, Shauna Chin, the fiancée of dancehall artiste Gully Bop, said she left the country willingly.
“I came home on my own,” said an upset Shauna Chin, in response to claims she was deported from the United States after being slapped with a marijuana possession charge in the state of Texas in 2011.
According to court documents obtained from the Harris County District in Houston, Texas, Chin, whose real name is Laniece Shauna Anderson, was slapped with two charges in the US – one in 2011 and the other in 2013. On August 23, 2011, Bop’s fiancée was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana between five and 50 pounds.
She made a deal with the court which saw her pleading guilty to the charges in exchange for two years’ probation from December 30, 2011 to December 29, 2014. The records, however, showed that the probation period ended earlier and Chin was released on April 2, 2013, after a motion of adjudicate was dismissed.
This meant that Chin successfully completed her probation and was released.
“I was not deported,” said Chin. “I told the judge I wanted to return home after my probation and he allowed me to.”
She also revealed that the judge gave her some time to wait before she could re-enter the US.
“I can go back, I just have to wait a few years. I’m not going to say how long the time is, but the judge gave me a time period.”
Research conducted by the STAR revealed that depending on the reason an individual was deported, he/she can try to return to the US after a period five, 10 or 20 years.
Chin also sought to set the records straight regarding rumours that Gully Bop had no knowledge of her criminal record.
“Of course, he knows,” she said when asked if Bop was aware of her criminal record.
“He knows everything. I’m not ashamed of my past because what happened then doesn’t define who I am now.”
Just last week, Bop was heavily scrutinised on social media after he used an interview to ask the US government to forgive his fiancée of her wrongdoing. He stated in the interview that his fiancée was not guilty of murder, nor was she selling “a crocus bag of drugs”, so she should be forgiven and allowed re-entry.
She also had a message for persons who have been spreading the news of her past over the last few days.
“I knew it would come out sooner or later. Once your in the spotlight, people will go digging, so I expected this. I am not ashamed. I paid my dues and returned home and at least mi nuh come back and worthless, so all who waa dig, gwaan dig,” she said.
The records also showed that another charge was filed against Chin in 2013 and bond was set at US$5,000. That case was dismissed.