Sunday 9 August, 2020

Jamaican DJ, stylist imprisoned in US for trying to smuggle cocaine

Disc jockey and entertainment promoter, Christopher 'Crazy Chris' Samuels (left), and stylist Keshon Hawthorne.

Disc jockey and entertainment promoter, Christopher 'Crazy Chris' Samuels (left), and stylist Keshon Hawthorne.

Two men from Jamaica's entertainment industry have received prison time in the United States in separate cases for trying to smuggle cocaine through North Carolina in their suitcases.

Federal prosecutors said in a news release that stylist Keshon Kevino Hawthorne flew into Charlotte on his way to New York with cocaine hidden in two suitcases last year. He received 33 months in prison Thursday after previously pleading guilty to cocaine-related charges.

Prosecutors say Christopher Anthony Samuels - a popular disc jockey and entertainment promoter who goes by the name ‘Crazy Chris’ - was sentenced to 30 months in prison this week on cocaine-related charges. Authorities say they found bags containing cocaine hidden in the liners of his suitcase when he flew into Charlotte, also on his way to New York last year.

Defense attorneys didn't immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

Prosecutors say both cases resulted from a Homeland Security airport drug initiative.

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