Reggae artist Anthony B, whose real name is Keith Anthony Blair, has been exonerated on a 2013 possession of marijuana with intent to distribute charge in the United States.
The Jamaican entertainer was informed of the discontinuation by US authorities two weeks ago.
“I have always maintained my innocence, and I feel vindicated that the courts have seen it fit to discontinue this trumped up case against me. I was not guilty, I did not have any weed in my possession, and justice has been served,” Anthony B said.
Hype Life Magazine understands that in 2013, Anthony B spent five days in a Georgia jail after he and nine members of his band and road crew were arrested in that state for ganja-related charges.
Ten persons were pulled over by state police on January 27 for a window tint violation along Interstate 75 in Houston County.
Five ounces of ganja and US$7,900 were found in the vehicle. All were subsequently charged for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute the weed.
Anthony B was released after posting bond of $1,000 for each charge. Nine others arrested and charged with similar offences.
The singjay, who first made a name with fiery songs like “Fire Pon Rome” and “Raid The Barn” in the late 1990s, followed up with a high dancehall single, the chart-burning number one single, “Tease Her,” in the early 2000s.
In July 2013, he released the critically acclaimed ‘Tribute to Legends’, an album of cover versions of songs by artists such as Bob Marley, The Maytals, John Lennon, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, and Ini Kamoze.
He is in the middle of a resurgence with his career with his latest single, “How Do You Sleep?,” being a regular fixture in the top 10 of the FIWI Choice Top Ten charts, while a new single, “Low Mi Wid Mi Weed” is getting favourable airplay on FM radio.
He is now on a European tour.