By Steve Elliott
In a bond reduction hearing on Monday, October 7, Bergen County Judge John A. Conte refused to release reggae artist Jawara McIntosh on his own recognizance to await trial. McIntosh, son of reggae music legend Peter Tosh, is charged with possession of "25 pounds or more of marijuana with intent to deliver." The previously set bond of $200,000 was left unchanged.
The case stems from a June arrest of McIntosh, 33, and his girlfriend, Carlotta Leslie, 23, near Mahway, N.J., after police said they found more than 65 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of their car. McIntosh, from the Dorchester section of Boston, was pulled over on Route 17 north after Officer David Vega claimed he saw him "driving erratically" and cutting another driver off, said Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli, reports Dasn Ivers at NJ.com.
After McIntosh granted officers permission to search the car, two suitcases were discovered in the trunk containing three large bundles of marijuana, weighing a total of about 65.5 pounds, according to the police.