Denroy Morgan arrested on Marijuana possession in new york city

by DRW

Denroy Morgan

Denroy Morgan

When Jamaican reggae artist Denroy Morgan blew through a stop sign in Bronx, New York on Wednesday, September 14th he began a chain of events that ended with the arrest of two people and the discovery of a stash of shrink-wrapped bales of more than 300 pounds of pot.

Police officers say they pulled Mr. Denroy over for running the stop sign at around 4 p.m. Mr. Denroy, a former reggae star, was also charged with not wearing a seat belt.

There was also the matter of the pungent aroma of Cannabis seeping out of the car. Detectives from New York City Police Department’s Narcotics Tactical Response Team were in the area on another investigation. They said they questioned Mr. Denroy, who indicated there was marijuana in the trunk. Two bags totaling 25 pounds were discovered. Upon further investigation, the officers arrived at 1122 Taylor Avenue, in the Bronx; and witnessed Wayne Swavy, 46, exiting the building with more bundles of weed under his arm. Mr. Swavy got into a car, and he too was pulled over and charged with not wearing a seat belt. He was also charged with criminal possession of the 16 pounds of marijuana.

A search warrant and an investigation of the house Mr. Swavy exited on Taylor Avenue later revealed 310 pounds of the drug. The street value of the total 351-pound stash, which varies depending upon the drug’s potency, is estimated to be between $140,000 to $350,000.

Denroy Morgan, a Jamaican Reggae artist, was born in May Pen in Clarendon, Jamaica. At the age of 19, in 1965 he left the island, and traveled to the United States to become a musician. He started his musical journey in New York in the 70s, and created the Black Eagles a Reggae band in 1974 with Devon "Igo Levi" Foster and Llewellyn "Jah T" Breadwood.

The Black Eagles won the New York Reggae Music Festival in 1977, beginning Denroy's rise to fame that continued with "I'll Do Anything For You" and other hits in the early 1980s. This launched his solo Reggae career. In 1984, Morgan signed with RCA Records. That deal lead to the release of the Reggae album "Make My Day" and marked him as the first Reggae artist to be signed to RCA Records.

Denroy's children inherited his musical talent, and formed two separate bands. One was the Reggae band Morgan Heritage made up of Peetah Morgan, Una Morgan, Roy "Gramps" Morgan, Nakhamyah "Lukes" Morgan and Memo "Mr. Mojo" Morgan. The other was the Dancehall / Hip Hop band LMS made up of the trio Noshayah Morgan, Otiyah Morgan and Miriam Morgan. Denroy Morgan's son Roy Morgan known as Gramps Morgan, and part of Morgan Heritage, is also a successful solo act. Full Story

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