Reggae star Buju Banton Faces Life In Prison Over Federal Drug Charges
Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton faces life in prison for federal drug trafficking charges.
Buju Banton, who is nominated for a Grammy Award for his album “Dawn” will be in court on Monday for federal drug trafficking charges for the second time after previously having a deadlocked/hung jury in September 2010. According to reports, Buju Banton born Mark Myrie, 37, was video taped by authorities testing cocaine in 2009. The artist is stated to have placed his finger in the illegal drug substance to get a sampling of it.
According to the singer, he was entrapped by an informant who is stated to be “confidential” and he reportedly tried to impress them and got way over his head. Banton also claimed that he believed the person could help him in his music career.
Meanwhile, government officials state that the reggae star plotted to buy a cocaine shipment from an undercover officer.
As for fans of Buju Banton, the Miami Herald is reporting that many believe that he is being framed by the government and also gay activists who are upset of his lyrics in which he actively promotes being anti-gay.