January 17, 2006

Reggae music exec guilty of drug trafficking

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Reggae music executive Horatio
Hamilton was found guilty on Tuesday of conspiring to traffic
in over a ton of marijuana a week for seven years, federal
court officials said.

Hamilton, president of L.O.Y. ("Lords of Yard") Inc., a
production company specializing in reggae which participated in
reggae hit "Chi Chi Man" by T.O.K., faces a mandatory 20 years
in prison and could face life.

The jury rejected Hamilton's argument that he quit the
marijuana-trafficking business after his arrest with nearly two
tons of marijuana at Los Angeles International Airport in 1999,
the U.S. Attorney's office said.

According to trial evidence, Hamilton jumped bail, adopted
a new alias and continued to operate his trafficking business
after the 1999 arrest as his role in the reggae music world
grew, court officials said.

Hamilton, who went under aliases Tony Dumars, Desmond
Hamilton and Romie Robertson, is scheduled to be sentenced on
April 24.