Buju Banton Gets Ten Years in Federal Prison on Drug Convictions

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Buju Banton's mug shot.
Reggae superstar Buju Banton will spend the next decade in federal lockup, a judge in Tampa ruled this morning. The sentence comes after Banton -- who played to a packed crowd at Bayfront in January and won a Grammy this year -- was convicted of trying to engineer a cocaine deal.

The judge was unswayed by pleas for leniency from everyone from Danny Glover to Stephen Marley, instead siding with prosecutor James Preston's arguments that his musical career shouldn't bear on the sentence.

"This is not about Buju Banton the reggae singer," Preston said. "This is about Mark Myrie the drug defendant."

Banton, who lives in Tamarac, was sucked into his cocaine-deal undoing when he sat next to a government informant named Alexander Johnson on a flight back from Europe. Johnson persuaded Banton to stay in touch about setting up a potential cocaine deal.

The feds later recorded the reggae star visiting a warehouse where he believed the cocaine was stored and talking about a deal with Johnson.

Banton argued he "was trying to impress" Johnson and never intended to actually follow through on a drug deal, but jurors were unswayed. They convicted Banton of three felonies in February.

The judge actually could have layed a much stiffer sentence on Banton this morning; ten years was the minimum, according to federal guidelines.

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Mr West9805
Mr West9805

in the article it said that johnson persuaded  banton to say in touch. the question  is why did this informant, knowing who banton is, tried to get him into a deal in the first place? its like they knew who he was, wanted to fuck with him in order to make him slip up.

WHITE MAN
WHITE MAN

THATS WHAT THEY DO WHENUR BLACK OR HISPANIC AND DONT PAY THE WHITE MAN THERE DUES THINK U CAM GET A GRAMMY ND NOT PAY FOR IT BRO WATCH OUT AMERICA THIS IS WHAT THE GOVERMENT DOES ON A DAILY BASIS

Northspur2000
Northspur2000

I guess he will be singing a new song now!!! 

Hippiepool
Hippiepool

There never was a crime .........this is an example of how fucked up and out of control our so called " criminal justice system " is ...........

P_Nis
P_Nis

Weak defense. His attorney couldn't come up with anything better than "he was trying to impress" defense?

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