Dancehall artiste Laden allegedly caught with illegal gun
Dancehall artiste Laden, whose real name is Okeefe Aarons, has been charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. Two other males, one of whom is a minor, who were reportedly in the company of the artiste, have also been charged.
The other man has been identified as 21-year-old Saaion Ebanks, a labourer of Nembhard Town in St Elizabeth.
The three males were arrested on Wednesday night after a firearm was reportedly ditched along a roadside in St Elizabeth when the men were approached by a police car on patrol.
Senior Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, head of the Constabulary Communications Unit, confirmed the incident.
Reports from the Black River Police are that about 10:40 pm, a black Mercedes Benz in which the entertainer was reportedly travelling with two other occupants was signalled to stop by law enforcers in Cheapside, St Elizabeth. The driver initially complied but sped off when the police approached.
The police went in pursuit and observed an object being thrown from the sunroof of the car. The vehicle was subsequently intercepted and the occupants searched.
The police returned to the area where the object was thrown and retrieved a Hi-point 9mm pistol with a magazine containing one 9mm round of ammunition.
Laden is known for songs like 'Time to Shine', 'Feelings too Heavy' and 'Never Lonely'.