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Vybz Kartel pleads not guilty to drug charges

ARRESTED: Vybz Kartel denies drug charges

DANCEHALL STAR Vybz Kartel pleaded not guilty to possession of ganja and was remanded in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

However, his female companion Alecia Jackson, who was also charged with possession of ganja, pleaded guilty and was fined $500 or 30 days in prison.

The controversial deejay along with Jackson, Andre St John and Shane Williams were arrested on September 30 at a hotel in New Kingston.

It is reported that a small quantity of ganja was found and all four were arrested and charged for ganja possession.

One of Kartel's three attorneys, Michael Deans, requested that the court drop the ganja charge against his client, but Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey rejected that request and ordered that the prosecution and defence discuss the matter and come to a decision.

Kartel is also being represented by attorneys Tom Tavares-Finson and Christian Tavares-Finson.

The case is to be mentioned on October 11.

Meanwhile, St John and Williams, the two other accused persons were not brought to court as the court was informed that they are wanted by the police for murder.

THE STAR understands that Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is to be brought back to court on October 13 for his first hearing into murder related charges.

On Monday, October 3, the artiste was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm.

It is alleged that on Monday, July 11, 2011, Palmer along with other men conspired to murder Barrington 'Bossie' Burton , a 27-year-old businessman and promoter of a Gregory Park address in St Catherine.

Burton was murdered while he was standing with friends along Walkers Avenue in Gregory Park.

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