Reggae star Buju Banton begins drug trial

 The Associated Press reports that Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton, a four-time Grammy nominee, started his trial on federal cocaine charges yesterday. A U.S. government informant has testified that Banton introduced him to a friend who the musician said had contacts to sell kilograms of cocaine. Authorities claim that Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, tried to buy cocaine from an undercover officer in Sarasota last year.

Recordings of phone calls and other conversations between Banton and the informant, Alexander Johnson, were played in court Tuesday.

Johnson testified that Banton introduced him to Ian Thomas. Thomas pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. He faces up to life in prison.

Banton’s attorney says Johnson entrapped his client.

Read more at http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2010/09/20/1177046/reggae-star-buju-bantons-drug.html#ixzz10E5pnaBI

3 thoughts on “Reggae star Buju Banton begins drug trial

  1. http://gayjamaicawatch.blogspot.com/2010/09/dancehall-community-mum-from-bujus-woes.html

    Excerpt
    “When Buju Banton was first arrested everyone was stunned especially when it came to light he was charged for the unbelievable dealings with the “white lady” cocaine which Rastafarians are supposed to shy or avoid based on their religious principles and the teachings of Haile Sellasie. So the gay community in the USA and by extension Jamaica were used as scapegoats to blame for his woes however the initial outcry was loud and thunderous but now even within the ranks of the homophobes based on statements made on dancehall forums, radio feedback and other public spaces the believability factor has dropped dramatically as persons are now asking the questions they should have asked from the beginning. Why was he involved in dealings with these other known drug dealers in the first place when you are supposed to be a holy righteous Rastaman preaching love and healthy ital livity?

    “Driver, Don’t Stop at all …………”

    follow the link to see the rest

  2. Musicians should learn how to stay away from drugs.bcos it is having negative impact on people,mostly youth.the lord will deliver buju.

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