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Jamaica: Court Approves Seizure Of Assets Of Convicted Drug Kingpin Deedo

The Asset Recovery Agency, an arm of the Financial Investigations Division (FID), has won its long-running battle with convicted drug kingpin Norris ‘Deedo’ Nembhard over nearly $200 million in assets and properties that it had wanted to seize.

Among the assets that are to be seized by the FID are a great house in St Ann, a Mercedes-Benz motor car and 10 other motor vehicles, including a number of tractor trucks and trailers.

“The great house in St Ann, that one is extraordinary,” a senior law-enforcement official told The Gleaner in 2015, making reference to the value of the property.

Attorneys representing Nembhard had gone to court seeking to have it set aside a default judgment that was entered against him in August 2016.

The default judgment arose from a civil recovery claim brought by the FID in 2011, in which it sought to confiscate several real-estate properties and motor vehicles which were alleged to have been purchased from the proceeds of Nembhard’s drug trafficking.

Nembhard had been arrested in 2004 and extradited to the United States to face an indictment, which charged him with conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and more than 1,000 kilograms of ganja, knowing and intending it to be unlawfully imported into the US.

He subsequently pleaded guilty and was sentenced in 2009 to 156 months’ (13 years’) imprisonment. He was released and deported in 2015.

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