Grammy-winning reggae artiste Buju Banton was convicted for attempting to purchase $135,000 worth of cocaine in 2009.
Mr. Mark Myrie aka Buju Banton was found guilty on all three of cocaine charges but was however acquitted of the gun charge.
The Tampa courtroom was at full capacity today while both lawyers gave their closing arguments. Meanwhile those who couldn't make it in the courtroom stayed joined hands in the hallway praying for a not guilty verdict.
According to the Associate Press: Buju Banton stated "I'm fighting for my freedom…I'm fighting for my life."
Assistant U.S. Attorney James Preston told the jury on Thursday that Banton portrayed himself as a broker of drug deals in several conversations with a confidential informant.
"This is not about Buju Banton, the reggae singer," Preston said. "This is about Mark Myrie, the drug defendant."
Preston said Banton thought he was getting involved in a "no-risk" deal in which he would introduce a friend to a confidential informant, and then later collect money from drug transactions.
"The defendant saw this as a no-risk opportunity," said Preston.
Much of the case hinges on meetings and phone calls that were video and audiotaped by the confidential informant, who was working with the Drug Enforcement Administration - and who made $50,000 in commission after the bust.