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A Federal Jury Convicted Buju Banton On Cocaine Charges

buju_banton_guilty_prison_reggae_grammy.jpgGrammy-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.

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Comments (24)

 

Dj Raege:
Posted by Dj Raege | February 22, 2011 4:49 PM

gargamel we listened n we prayed



madman:
Posted by madman | February 22, 2011 5:38 PM

When Michael Jackson raped those two boys because he had money and was white he got away a freeman now Buju Banton is behind bars because of finance, burning gay and maybe given because of his race. A sad day for Jamaican music



B:
Posted by B | February 22, 2011 5:38 PM

We all fall down .. but we get up! Nuh fret at all dread, di Most High know seh we are all human. Be brave and he will see yuh thru, even in our darkest hour. "...Nuh mawga dung betta muss come"



nerner:
Posted by nerner | February 22, 2011 6:43 PM

seven times rise seven time fall buju this is your first and by the help of God you shall over come. Thats hot they love to put us down but we never go down without A fight. we are all praying for u.



Posted by edubz | February 22, 2011 8:01 PM

Jah kno rasta... Just have to watch who and what u get involved with... "jah will rise you up"



kareem:
Posted by kareem | February 22, 2011 8:21 PM

the man guilty still but the punishment nuh fit the crime, mi feel that should be a 9 months sentence.a greedy cause this still.



BG:
Posted by BG | February 22, 2011 8:39 PM

Rastaman was trying collect money from cocaine. Why is nobody mad at him? None of us have a felony drug charge, how come he does? He shoulda ran and dropped the whole thing from the beginning. Real stupid Mark, gonna miss you...



Nessa:
Posted by Nessa | February 22, 2011 11:53 PM

How many years did he get? This is like bob marley dieing..sad day



selectorenuff:
Posted by selectorenuff | February 23, 2011 1:50 AM

nur worry yourself the white man think that they are always right and perfect.they protect the evil gays whom have made sure they have used their evil guy dollar to bribe the jury...God has his ways buju...one loveeeeeeeee



Nessa:
Posted by Nessa | February 23, 2011 2:22 AM

How many years did he get? This is like bob marley dieing..sad day



Posted by Terry Mutsvanga | February 23, 2011 2:26 AM

Sad day for Zimbabwe reggae fans.This is a plot by the white people.They want to punish Buju for speaking the truth.What areal sad day.
Be strong Buju



james gordon phiri:
Posted by james gordon phiri | February 23, 2011 4:12 AM

love u buju.so dissappointed.zimbabwe loves u



British base Lad:
Posted by British base Lad | February 23, 2011 6:36 AM

How D usa is funny the man on the plane going about is own business next thing the real drugs dealer entise him and trap him now the man behind bars when he actually wasn't on the block selling drugs what sort of country is this where's the moral where's the common sense it should be illegal to trap and ordinary man like this surely.. He has no previous conviction of selling drugs so surely this is a load of fraud man getting paid $50, 000 to trap another man...
BRING BACK THE ARIZONA SHOOTING i SAY



sekpe:
Posted by sekpe | February 23, 2011 7:36 AM

Waiting for his freedom tomorrow.



Marie:
Posted by Marie | February 23, 2011 10:04 AM

Why some entertainer love go talk and deh pon tv so? Every occasion them have to talk. Leave it to the people closest to Buju!!!!!



Cole:
Posted by Cole | February 23, 2011 10:24 AM

the people them who judge buju dont have no right to judge no black man. america and the european world in general is the most criminal of all criminal they are the one who is responsible for all drug trades legal and illegal. buju is a great black man who probably got mislead like most of us, he is a victim of the system and he is nothing compare to this evil wicked beast called america.
we still love buju but this is a sign for black people to wake and fight and overcome white supremacy



Posted by juicee | February 23, 2011 1:16 PM

U do the time, u muss do da time, thats why inna life ppl should'nt red eye and grudgeful over no body cause at the end a di day, no one know how one got what they have, some ppl work hard fi dem tings, some thief, some sell drugs and get whey wid it. unfortunately Mr Banton got caught up. sorry that it had to happen dat way, only god Almighty knows what went down.Life is not a easy road................



Organiza:
Posted by Organiza | February 24, 2011 6:15 AM

Funny how b*ttyman get $50,000 in commission fi set up Buju.



Mega B:
Posted by Mega B | February 24, 2011 10:52 AM

White girl gets in an accident and kills her boyfriend due to driving under the influence here in Houston and only gets three months behind bars. Her attorney tried to pass it off as if it was the guy which she hit from the rear fault. Little was said in the entire case of her intoxication. The courts waited for her to finish with her semester for that school year before she could start spending her three months and on top of that she was not going to be in general population while in jail. The best part of it is that her dad is a big time judge here in Texas and yet they have the balls to say there was no preferential treatment.
Please note justice here in America and many other countries is not and never have been equal. Justice is the color and weight of the money you have or who you know or is related too and that’s the real. Buju she have know better, America (the gay and sensitive side of it) wanted his head from a long time ago for his music. The moment this so said deal came his way he should have ran in the other direction and that’s the real.



Junior B:
Posted by Junior B | February 25, 2011 10:49 AM

GARGAMEL for life man.............fyah a go burn every man dem who sit pon de federal throne Jah know se wi a righteous and He wi see InI thru.Rastafarieeeeeeeee!!!!!!



shaggz:
Posted by shaggz | February 26, 2011 5:28 AM

It's not right what they have done they just pick out buju from the bunch and set him up all of this drugs business was plan and organized to sink the artist it is a wicked and distasteful act we must not stand for this, buju was no drug dealer before they put there plan in Acton it is wrong.



Marie:
Posted by Marie | February 26, 2011 9:42 AM

Tony Rebel, You love the media lights too much!!!!! You and Jimmy Riley with your jet black dyed hair need to go sit down and consider your age and what rasta means. Proverbs 16v31:"Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is found in the way of righteousness."



hot head:
Posted by hot head | February 26, 2011 5:35 PM

How come a paid informant ended up on the same flight as Buju, and not only that, he ha penned to be seated beside him, no coincidence.Us a Babylon, is them the Bible speak about, present day Babylon.They pass their law for Gay's, look how many of their celebrities are gay/lesbian, look on Elton John, he and him man let a a woman have a baby for them,ol toilet shit.
But if Us can invade Irag, saying Saddam has weapon of mass destruction,despite the other Un counties disagreeing,then what you think they can do to Buju.Gay's have a lot of power, they cause shows to be canceled and all these things.Look how they set the retrial for valentine's day b**tyman day.



sniper:
Posted by sniper | February 26, 2011 11:07 PM

funny how only americans can get away wit these things eg. extortions, drugs, weapons etc. wat did he do differently from paris hilton and charlie sheen not to mwntion others who got a slap on the wrists? hmmmmmmmm i wonder why



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