International Dancehall artiste Popcaan was held once again by immigration at an airport in UK on Tuesday. 

Popcaan shared a video on his Instagram stories explaining what was happening. “They just give me this paper and detained me; because of information that was sent by my country that I should be stopped every time I’m here. I wonder why. Mr Prime Minister of Jamaica, I would like to draw your attention to this once, again”. 

Marketing guru Shelly-ann Curran tweeted at Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith, appealing on the artiste’s behalf. “There is a situation in UK involving @Popcaan music where he is detained and asked to do so by JA Govt… we need to know why”. 

Minister Smith responded saying, “Dear @ShellyCuraan the Govt of JA has not requested that @Popcaan be detained, but there are many reasons why a traveller may be detained. I have asked the High Commission to enquiry into the matter as early as they are able, so that they may advise”. 

According to reports, Popcaan was subjected to almost 4 hours of interrogation at the Heathrow airport in the UK due to a red flag alert against the artiste. The artiste’s attorney, Bert Samuels said in a tweet, “Popcaan’s harassment at Heathrow airport is as a consequence of the Jamaican state putting a red flag on his name. Can you believe an artist who carries our flag high and with no criminal record being embarrassed in foreign country because his own country says he is a wrong doer?” 

He was eventually allowed entry into the country, as confirmed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith, in a tweet earlier today (July6). “UPDATE: Checks with the Home Office advised that @PopcaanMusic was released. We further confirm that his stop and check was not at the instance of the Govt of JA. We also conveyed to the Home Office a letter from his attorney-at-law who may update the public as seen fit.” 


Earlier this year, Popcaan was detained because immigration mistakenly confused Popcaan’s ‘Unruly Clan’ for the St Catherine-based criminal network ‘Unruly Gang’.