Jamaican citizen, Sherese Lee Ann Drake was arrested on Wednesday by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in New York after she was found hiding cocaine in bags of coffee in her attempt to smuggle the drugs into the US.
According to a release from the CBP on Friday, Drake arrived at the John F. Kennedy International Airport from Montego Bay on April 13, and presented herself for inspection.
During the examination of her suitcase, CBP officers removed a plastic coffee bag that contained a white powder.
Drake was escorted to a private search room where CBP officers probed two bags of coffee, all of which contained a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.
In total, approximately 3 pounds of cocaine was seized, with an estimated street value is more than US$50,000.
“This seizure is another example of our CBP officers being ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of illicit drugs,” said Robert Perez, Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations.
CBP officers placed her under arrest and turned her over to the Port Authority Police Department.
Drake now faces state narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the Queens District Attorney’s Office.
The pastor who along with his wife held a man so that their daughter could pour hot water on him on Saturday, told iWitness on Wednesday that they are engaged in “spiritual warfare”.
The incident took place in a drain along the public road in Hopewell, Mesopotamia, near the home of the pastor and his family.
The victim, 37-year-old mason Cuthbert “Mafia” Victory of Caruth Village, Mesopotamia, suffered burns to his back, shoulders, chest and face.
The incident gained national attention on Wednesday when a video of it emerged on Facebook.
There has been widespread condemnation of the act by the pastor, Nigel Morgan, his wife, Althea Morgan, and their daughter.
Mr. Morgan is a former teacher who now works at the Ministry of Culture.
He is said to conduct a children’s Christian ministry on the ground floor of his house and was a featured act at the launch of the National Gospel Fest at Victoria Park on April 3.
“No comments please. This is a spiritual warfare,” Mr. Morgan told iWitness News outside his home in Hopewell Mesopotamia, where the incident occurred
“No comments. There is nothing about that video. You all have to put up the whole thing,” said the pastor who was standing in his yard along with his wife and another person sometime after 8 p.m. when iWitness News visited.
Mrs Morgan, an office worker at a local newspaper, told iWitness News that there are four parts to the video and said the burn victim assaulted her.
“There is one, two, three, four parts,” Mrs Morgan said, as her husband remarked, “Don’t get involved.
“Do not get involved. No comment. This is spiritual warfare,” he said, adding, “I am not giving you anything to put.
“We are praying. I am praying. All my prayer warriors are praying,” Mr. Morgan further said.
“God has the final say and God is in control,” he further said, as his wife added, “It is before the court.”
Asked if someone had been charged, Mr. Morgan said, “Charged for what? You said you spoke to the guy… He is doing all the talking. This is a spiritual warfare. It is in the hands of God and he will fight and he will deliver.”
Pastor Nigel Morgan performing at Gospel Fest on April 3. (Photo: Facebook)
Mr. Morgan added: “Play the whole video where we were praying for him and we were blessing him and he was cursing bad word in that house and smoking marijuana and I was praying for him.”His wife added: “My comment — That is part four of the video. Where is part one two and three?”
Mrs. Morgan said that the man was spitting at her and slapped her, adding that August would be 24 years since she has been married and her husband never slapped her.
“There isn’t an issue. His sister is angry that they didn’t have their way,” Mr. Morgan said, but did not elaborate.
Asked how do they feel about the fact that hot water was poured on the man, Mrs. Morgan said, “That is part four.”
“Show the whole video,” Mr. Morgan added. “That is what we are saying. You don’t doctorate video for your own cause to make somebody look back. Show the whole video. That is libel and that is wrong. That is sinful and that is why the prayer warriors are praying whole night. Maybe after they done pray and God — God will expose; then the Lord will show the whole video,” Mr. Morgan said. He said he went to visit another friend, who also wasn’t at home, so he stayed and was relaxing with her boyfriend near the Morgans.Meanwhile, Victory told iWitness News separately Wednesday night that he had gone to visit a friend on Saturday but the friend wasn’t at home.
Victory said Morgan called out to his host and told him not to encourage Victory to come to the area because whenever he does, he causes “thing”.
“I ain’t trouble him and he throwing wud. I give him back wud. The wife ain’t like what I tell him, the wife leave from upstairs and come straight over in the neighbour yard and assault me.”
Victory said he walked away from Mrs. Morgan, who he said pushed him when he was in the road. He said he pushed her and Mr. Morgan came and rubbed something in his face, saying, “The blood of God; the blood of God.”
Victory told iWitness News that a tussle ensued and he ended up in the gutter and his head was struck against a wall.
He said when he regained his strength he was “conquering” the Morgans.
He said one of them called out saying, “Bring the stuff! Bring the stuff!”
Victory said the Morgans’ daughter came with an electric kettle and poured the hot water on him.
In the video, Mrs. Morgan can be seen pushing Victory onto a wall as he struggled to get away after being douse with the hot water.
Victory said after he got away, he went to the river to cool the burns before seeking medical attention.
He said he and Mr. Morgan had an exchange of word about three years ago and every time he goes to the neighbour’s house Mr. Morgan throws words at him.
Victory told iWitness News that he has lodged a report with the police about the burning incident, but they are yet to make an arrest.
He said the doctors said he suffered first-degree burns and that the water that was poured on him was mixed with oil.
Victory said it is very difficult for him to sleep.
The father of two daughters, 18 and 7, the younger of which is still in school, said he does he not know how he will be able to support his children.
“I ain’t have no money right now,” he told iWitness News.
He said he has not seen the Morgans since the event, adding, “I ain’t wah see he neither.
“Telling you the honest truth, I ain’t wah see he right now. I just want them dey keep their distance, the police do what they have to do and I seek my justice.”
Victory said that he is hoping that the matter would be brought to justice swiftly.
“If I ain’t get my justice how I want it, I tekking it in my hand,” he said.
He told iWitness News that he wants to be compensated for loss of income, and compensation for the burns he suffered.
Popular comedian and actor Keith 'Shebada' Ramsey has sought to set the records straight regarding a story that has been circulating on the Internet since Monday, claiming that he's engaged to a man and moving to England
The story alleges that the actor is now engaged and moving to England to get married to a man.The story also claims and show a picture with a hand with a ring on someone finger that claim its Shebada's
However, he refuted the allegations.
"When mi see it first, me just smile cause mi a say a weh dem people yah a get dem news," he said. "But just because Shebada name easy fi call mi just low them wid dem lies ."
Though the story reports that Shebada is engaged he say he is single and definitely not with a man
"Nothing like dat , so how mi nuh fi alright," he said. "I don't know where that story came from,so mek them gwan tell lie"
Shebada added that since the story began to circulate, comments have been made on the situation by persons pretending to be him on Facebook.
The actor also stressed that he refuses to focus on negative things.
"No news is bad news, I guess because mi a hot topic once more," he said, laughing. "I'm not focused on things like that though because I'm all about the progress."
Shebada's new play, 'Bangarang', is currently on tour and will be in England on May 29 and There will be a Mothers Day Fiesta May 9 at Ranny Williams Entertainment Center With other Play Not my child
A hilarious scene is unfolding on Duke Street in downtown Kingston as Jamaica Labour Party supporters gather to greet members at the ceremonial opening of Parliament.
Women with hand rags are rushing to shine the shoes of each government member as they arrive at the JLP staging area at the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union.
One woman, as she dusted the shoes of Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte, shouted: “My duty this for the day… mi get shoe shining duty”
“Do yuh work yes!” another woman shouted.
West Kingston Member of Parliament Desmond McKenzie, upon arrival, was given the same treatment, as well as North Central Clarendon MP Pearnel Charles and Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, the MP for St Catherine Central.
As Audley Shaw made his way to the trade union premises, one woman said “Audley Shaw come, shine him shoes.”
But another said, “fi him shoes can’t shine.”
The finance minister’s shoes were shined nonetheless.
After Daryl Vaz got his shoes shined, he was escorted under an umbrella by one of the excited women