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Jamaican DJ Pleads Guilty To Dodging US Drug Trial

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A popular Jamaican DJ has admitted he left the United States 10 years ago before he was to stand trial on drug charges.

Glendale Goshia Gordon performs under the name Busy Signal. He pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of failure to appear in court.

Sentencing guidelines recommend between 12 and 18 months in prison. His attorney, Bill Mauzy, says he’ll ask for time served. A sentencing date has not been set.

Gordon was charged in 2002 with two counts related to cocaine trafficking. He left Minnesota before the trial and was a fugitive until his arrest this May.

He waived extradition from Jamaica only on the failure to appear charge. While those cocaine charges still exist, the U.S. doesn’t currently have jurisdiction to prosecute him on those counts.

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