SINGJAY Anthony B (given name Keith Anthony Blair) was released from a Georgia jail yesterday, five days after he and nine members of his band and road crew were arrested in that state for ganja-related charges.
Ronnie Tomlinson, the artiste’s publicist, told the Jamaica Observer that the 10 persons were pulled over by state police on January 27 for a window tint violation along Interstate 75 in Houston County. Five ounces of ganja and US$7,900 were found in the vehicle. All were subsequently charged for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute the weed. Anthony B was released after posting bond of $1,000 for each charge.
Yet another Jamaican entertainer has gotten himself in trouble with American law enforcement as Reggae veteran, Anthony B faces drug related charges in Georgia.
The entertainer, whose real name is Kevin Blair, was taken into custody by police in Georgia on January 27 as he’s accused of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute. Anthony B’s mugshot later appeared on www.bustedmugshots.com with details of his arrest.
If convicted, Anthony B could face at least one year in prison as marijuana-related offences are treated as felonies in the southern American state.
This incident makes Anthony B the latest in a long list of Jamaican entertainers since the turn of the decade who have faced drug-related charges in the United States, with the most publicized case being that of Reggae legend, Buju Banton, who is serving a 10-year sentence on cocaine charges in Florida. Fellow Reggae veteran, Denroy Morganwas charged with possession of 5 pounds of marijuana in New York but walked away with probation and a small fine last December after initially facing a jail term of up to 20 years.
Another Reggae crooner, Eek-A-Mouse was deported to the United States from Paraguay in December as he faces drug-related charges, as well as a rape charge.
Meanwhile, internationally-acclaimed singjay, Busy Signal was extradited to the United States last May and later served a six month prison term in a Minnesota-based facility for absconding bail in relation to a 2002 drug case. However, the drug charges stemming from that Minnesota were dropped as Busy pleaded guilty to absconding bail only and left the United States immediately after his release.