Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Buju Banton jailed over drug deal

Buju Banton has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in a cocaine deal (AP)
Buju Banton has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in a cocaine deal (AP)

Grammy-winning reggae star Buju Banton has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in a cocaine deal.

The 37-year-old Jamaican recording artist was sentenced in the federal court in Tampa, Florida, US.

A jury convicted him in February of conspiring to set up a cocaine deal in 2009.

The jail term will be followed by five years of probation.

His lawyer, David Markus, had asked US district judge James Moody for leniency.

He said that Banton's limited participation in the drug buy, his charitable work in Jamaica and otherwise clean record were worth a reduced sentence.

Just before his conviction, Banton - whose legal name is Mark Myrie - won a Grammy for best reggae album for Before The Dawn.

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