Earlier this year, Buju Banton was convicted by a 12-person jury in a Federal Court in Tampa, Florida and found guilty of conspiracy to possess five or more kilos of cocaine, of using a telephone to facilitate drug-trafficking, and of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug dealing offense.
Now, the sentence is in and he will spend 10 years in a United States federal prison. As reported by Rolling Stone, U.S. District Judge James Moody said that the 10-year sentence was the minimal allowed by federal guidelines.Banton’s attorney David Markus has requested that the Grammy-winning singer serve out his time in a prison near Miami in order to be close to his family.
The Reggae singer was originally busted by an informant working for the DEA in 2009. Buju told the informant he could broker cocaine, though he later testified that he was just boasting. Whatever the truth may be, video and audio recordings made by the informant, including a video in which Banton appeared to be testing cocaine in a Florida warehouse, convinced the jury that he was guilty.
We’ll just have to be held down by the dancehall king’s great hits like Champion and latest Grammy-winning album Before The Dawn until he’s released. Stay up Buju! — Keenan Higgins