veronica_campbell-brown.jpgKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – A disciplinary panel in Jamaica on Monday started a hearing into a positive drug test by Veronica Campbell-Brown, one of the Caribbean island's marquee sprinting stars.

Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, said the hearing began but declined to say where it's being held. He said it was not unusual for the whereabouts of Jamaican disciplinary hearings to be secret.

Blake said he had "no idea how long it will take'' to conclude, and added that a statement will be issued when the panel's hearing is over. The process is being handled according to rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations.

The disciplinary panel is made up of a former judge, a former senior military official and the head of the island's medical association.

Campbell-Brown is being represented by P.J. Patterson, a former prime minister who led Jamaica from 1992 to 2006 and remains a highly influential figure on the island.