Jean Kersley Lafolle, 42, who goes by the stage name Ti Kenzo, a member of the group Otentik Street Brothers (OSB), was arrested this Wednesday morning, September 21, for drug trafficking. This follows a raid by police officers of the Anti-Drug and Smuggling Unit (ADSU) of the Western Division at his home in Beau-Bassin where several pieces of paper, which had been soaked in solutions of the synthetic drug, were discovered. The value of the drug is estimated at Rs 801,750. After being brought before the Rose-Hill court during the day on Wednesday, September 21, on a provisional charge of trafficking in drugs for sale, Ti-Kenzo was kept in a cell. He was sent to the central prison of Beau-Bassin for this purpose.
It was at about 7:50am on Wednesday 21 September that a raid was carried out at the musician’s home by the men of Sergeants Ramkeelavon and Lactive, under the supervision of the Chief Inspector, Rajeev Subba Reddi. This team had received information that the musician was involved in drug trafficking. This information turned out to be true, after these policemen came across several A4 papers cut into a rectangular shape. When examined, the papers were damp and had traces of smoke and a strange smell. They are suspected to have been soaked in solutions of the synthetic drug. A piece of aluminium foil and a pair of scissors were also seized.
When confronted with the evidence, the singer was quick to confess his guilt and reportedly stated that the drug was intended for sale. The police objected to his release on parole when he appeared in court. These seized sheets of paper were sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory in Reduit for examination.
Ti-Kenzo had previous run-ins with the law in 2012 in relation to a stolen goods case.