$200-million of drugs kingpin's money to go to government

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Close to $200 million in assets and properties linked to drug kingpin Norris 'Deedo' Nembhard should be forfeited to the government, following an order from the Supreme Court. The Financial Investigation Division (FID) has confirmed the order was made last Friday after a legal fight with Nembhard over the properties.

A "great house" located in St Ann is among five developed and undeveloped properties that are to be turned over to the State. The other assets include a Mercedes Benz and ten other motor vehicles.

In 2015 the Supreme Court ordered that the properties should be restrained following an application by the Asset Recovery Agency (ARA), a division of the FID.

The following year the ARA obtained a default judgement for the forfeiture of the properties after Nembhard failed to file a defence, the FID said.

However, he subsequently filed an application asking the court to set aside the default judgement.

According to the FID, the court, in refusing the application, said Nembhard had provided no evidence to account for the five-year delay in challenging the application by the FID, which was first made in 2011.

The court found, too, that the convicted drug kingpin did not show that he had a real prospect of successfully defending the claim, the FID said.

Nembhard was one of several Jamaicans designated as drug kingpins by then US President George Bush in 2004.