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J'can drug baron gets 25-year term

By YOLANDE GYLES, Staff Reporter

Lincoln White - Contributed

OWEN CLARKE, A.K.A. 'Father Fowl' or 'Roy Fowl', was the second Jamaican drug baron to have the law catch up with them in the United Kingdom's courts since the start of the year.

In March 2003 UK authorities nabbed, Lincoln White, 39, who police said controlled that country's largest crack/cocaine dealership.

White's alleged £170 million drug empire spanned from Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico, the Antilles and Grenada to the UK.

Compared to White, Father Fowl got off with a light sentence. This past April, White was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Fowl got 13 years.

But their lives were completely different.

Clarke, 46, was head of the British Link Up Crew and lived flamboyantly. He drove Mercedes and Jaguars in Jamaica and the UK and wore the most expensive suites and jewellery. He also had a penchant for burning 50 pound sterling notes claiming that was 'small change for him'.

He claimed to have been a music producer/promoter and was often seen living it up at British Link Up dances usually held at La Roose in Portmore, St. Catherine.

White was not as showy with his fortunes. Well not in the UK. In that country he claimed that he was a freelance barber and lived to fit that image. He drove a Peugeot 205 and lived in a small rented flat.

However, in Jamaica he had three mansions, two in Montego Bay and lived the fabulous life.

After a 10-week trial, marked by heavy security and press coverage, White and his gang were sentenced to a total of 123 years in prison.

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June 18, 2004

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