Jamaican Dancehall artist Squash has been detained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Florida. Online records from the agency reveal that as of May 22, Squash, whose real name is Andrae Maurice Whittaker, was being held at the Krome North Service Processing Center, an ICE detention facility in Miami.
This comes after the expiration of Title 42, the Trump-era rules that had restricted the number of people who could be detained in ICE detention facilities like Krome.
It also comes after Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a sweeping immigration bill, which he said was crucial to ensuring that Florida taxpayers are not footing the bill for illegal immigration, but the new measures will not go into effect until July.
Squash was previously detained in Jamaica in 2018 under a State of Emergency (SOE) sweep in St. James due to increased crime and violence in the parish. He spent five months in custody without charge before being released in January 2019.
In November 2022, an associate of Squash, Jahreme ‘JMan’ Shelton, was slapped with two charges of first-degree murder in the United States. Investigators linked Shelton to the double murder allegedly matching his blood to three samples from the crime scene. The Jamaica Gleaner reported that on May 26, 2022, Shelton was one of two persons who survived a drive-by shooting in Jamaica at a birthday party along Marl Road.
However, three people, including Shelton’s girlfriend, Toniann Reid aka ‘Too Fly’ of Jarrett Terrace, died. In June 2022, Dancehall producer Linval Thompson Jr, more popularly known as Shab Don, was one of two persons killed. Meanwhile, according to Shelton’s arrest affidavit, more arrests may be looming.