Popular dancehall producer Shabdon, whose real name is Linval Thompson Jr, was cleared of all firearms charges when he appeared in the Gun Court Division at Home Circuit Court on Thursday, April 7.
The prosecution presented no evidence against Thompson, while co-defendant Romaro Scott pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six years and one month behind bars for unlawful possession of a firearm and four years and one months for illegal possession of ammunition.
Both sentences must be executed simultaneously.
Thompson and Scott were charged with unlawful possession of firearms and unlawful possession of ammunition after a stop and search exercise by law enforcement at Old Harbour, St Catherine on October 14 last year. A firearm was found in a car the two men were traveling in at the time of their arrest. Scott claimed that the gun and ammunition belonged to him.
The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), in conjunction with its international law enforcement partners, has determined that the weapon was identified as the property of the Atlanta Police Department and was stolen. in 2018.
Although he has been cleared of firearms charges, Thompson is not yet off the hook as he still faces a bribery charge in Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, which will be next hearing in May of this year.
It is alleged that Thompson offered $2 million to a police officer to dispose of an illegal weapon in a case he had previously been charged with. He was formally charged with breaching the Prevention of Corruption Act, Section 14, Subsection 2, a statutory law and a more serious offense than attempted bribery, which is a common law offence.
“Shabdon” is known for its trap-dancehall hybrid productions, such as Vybz Kartel’s “World Government,” “Bad Mind” on the One Don riddim, and “Any Weather,” which was the first single to be released on its finest. -known riddim, the G6ixx.
Shabdon, one half of the Shab Don Records team alongside Carlos Clarke, also produced Teejay’s “Shub Out” and “Henny and Weed” and Squash’s “Money Fever”.
Shabdon is the son of reggae singer Linval Thompson.