23 February, 2011
Buju Banton Guilty of Cocaine..
Reggae Singer Buju Banton Found Guilty Of Cocaine Charges; he Could face up to 15 years in jail.Florida jury found reggae singer Buju Banton, guilty on 3 counts of cocaine charges.
The verdict was handed down on Tuesday, found the Grammy winning singer guilty of "conspiracy to possess with intention to distribute cocaine; attempting to possess cocaine and aiding and abetting others in the use of a communication facility in the commission of a felony." So far the sentensing of the 37 year old Jamaican born Buju is still pending, the source said (allvoices.com
According to Reuters,A 12-member jury in Tampa found Banton, 37, guilty of conspiring with two other men to possess 5 kg or more of cocaine in Sarasota, Florida, in December 2009. The verdict came after a four-day trial
Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, won a Grammy for the best reggae album of 2010for "Before the Dawn" on February 13.Prior to his conviction Banton testified at the trial that he was entrapped by federal informant Alexander Johnson and never wanted to buy drugs.Banton said he met Johnson on a trans-Atlantic flight and talked about drugs to impress him because he thought he had connections in the music industry.
But Jurors were shown a video of Banton tasting cocaine in a Sarasota warehouse two days before his two associates were arrested trying to buy the drugs from an undercover officer.Banton was arrested at his home in Miami after the first trial ended last year when the jury could not agree on a verdict.So far the sentencing date is yet to be scheduled (abc.net.au).Hii ndio usije mjini kwa wasanii wetu!!
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