ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Jamaican deejay Busy Signal is set to face trial here next month in for fleeing a decade ago to avoid a drug trial. United States Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan set Aug. 27, 2012 as the date for the commencement of the trial before Judge Donovan W. Frank in Courtroom 7C, at 316 N. Robert Street.
On June 26 Busy Signal, born Glendale Gordon, pleaded not guilty to one count of failure to appear in court and waived the reading of the indictment. He was ordered detained pending his trial. Busy Signal was charged in Feb. 2002 with two counts related to cocaine trafficking. He fled before his trial was to begin in Minnesota and was a fugitive for the past decade, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Dunn, said in court.
The entertainer could face up to five years in prison if convicted on that count. A hearing on all motions will be held before U.S. Magistrate Judge Franklin L. Noel on July 18, 2012. In May, Busy Signal was detained by authorities in London who suspected he was traveling with false documents, including a passport that listed a different name. He was allowed to fly to Kingston, Jamaica, and was arrested at the airport there by U.S. marshals and waived his right to an extradition hearing. Meanwhile, reports indicate that his ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œReggae Music AgainÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â album has started to pick up sales despite his ongoing legal battles.