Thursday | May 10, 2012
80s drug lord's grave robbed
André Williams, STAR Writer
The body of a notorious 80s drug lord Kenneth Gordon, otherwise called 'Wally Dread' or 'Wally B', was removed from his 21-year-old grave and tampered with by persons believed to be involved in the illegal cash-for-gold trade.
Information reaching THE STAR is that the discovery was made by a group of children who stumbled on the body while playing near the grave site on Monday.
THE STAR understands that the grave was in the form of a sepulchre and was located on a family plot in Glascoe Lodge, Murray Mountain, St Ann.
Gordon reportedly lived in Canada and travelled extensively to Jamaica before being killed overseas and his body flown to Jamaica in a metal casket.
According to sources, Wally Dread was the third brother to be killed, the first killed in 1989, and the second in 1990.
Reports are that Wally Dread was buried in 1991, sporting gold rings, several gold chains and bracelets and several objects of gold were reportedly thrown in his casket by friends and family who attended the funeral.
When THE STAR contacted the Alexandria police yesterday, the news team was told that a reinterrment was in progress.
A police source also told us that, "The reburial is now in progress under the watchful eyes of a police personnel ranked above an inspector and a medical representative. I must say for a burial which took place some 20 plus years ago the body is still in an excellent condition, his clothing and his locks were still intact," the police source said.
Meanwhile, rumours are circulating that a relative may have been involved in the incident.
"Nowadays people nuh know him bury ina so much jewellery," a source close to the case told THE STAR.
It is believed that thieves may have used a recent party in the area as a distraction to carry out the illegal act.
The police source also told THE STAR that, "it is not one person involved because it's a metal casket that is hard for any one person to handle, the deceased clothing was evidently pulled up, as it had been extensively searched."
The officer continued, "his body was embalmed and the value of the items allegedly removed is unknown. Currently, we are trying to get in contact with his family members but so far our findings have revealed that the majority of his immediate family reside overseas," the source said.
Checks were made with persons in the area and it was revealed that dancehall icon Super Cat had made reference to Wally Dread in one of his 90s hit record Nuff Man A Dead.
In the song, Super Cat deejays, "... just di oda day dem dust out Wally Dread".
Several persons who reside in the community were upset that the body had been left opened to the public for a few days after the authorities were notified of the situation.