According to developing reports, UK law enforcement and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have both refuted the claims made by Dancehall artiste Popcaan and his Attorney Bert Samuels.
In a video posted on his Instagram, the artiste claimed that he was once again being detained at the airport because of information sent by the government of Jamaica and he requested that Prime Minister Andrew Holness look into the matter.
However earlier today the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kamina J Smith, gave an update on the incident and said that her office could confirm that Popcaan had not been detained at the request of the government.
Reports now say that new information coming in from the United Kingdom and JCF shows that contrary to the artiste’s claims, he was not held at the behest of the jamaica government but because of a Green Notice issued by The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL). A Green Notice is issued to provide a warning about an individual’s activities if they are considered a possible threat to public safety.
The JCF has confirmed that the Green Notice was issued for Popcaan in connection to two incidents that allegedly took place in Barbados.
It is reported that Popcaan was held in 2009 for marijuana possession in Barbados and the second incident took place in 2011 when he was arrested for possession of another substance. As a result of these two incidents, INTERPOL issued a Green Notice for Popcaan in 2015, then later reconfirmed the notice in 2018.
Popcaan has denied any wrongdoing.