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Buju Banton Sentenced To 10 Years

Buju Banton Sentenced To 10 Years

Buju Banton Sentenced To 10 Years

By Karl Pearson on Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 8 comments

Reggae star gets 10 years for drug offenses.

Today United States Judge Jim Moody in the Sam M Gibbons US Court in Tampa Florida sentenced Buju Banton to 10 years for drug trafficking offences.

Buju BantonA jury found him guilty in February of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offence and using a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking offence. The judge threw out the gun charge, acknowledging that Banton had no idea others involved in the conspiracy were carrying guns, which was the basis for the charge and he was therefore not convicted of carrying a weapon himself.

The harsh sentence is in fact the lowest sentence legally allowed for his role in a large cocaine trafficking deal that took place in 2009 and had he been found guilty of the firearms charge he could have expected at least a further 5 years to his sentence.

Banton appeared at the sentence hearing, which lasted just over an hour, dressed in grey jail scrubs and shackled at the ankles. He did not speak in court and did not react when Judge Moody announced the sentence he just blew a kiss and waved to his subdued supporters, some of who were crying, as he was led away.

He will serve his time at the FCI prison facility in Miami and with good behaviour could be out in 6 years. His attorney David Oscar Markus says he plans to appeal stressing, "This fight is not over, we will keep fighting for him. Mark Myrie (Buju’s real name) is my brother, and I'm going to keep fighting until they tell me to stop."

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Posted by Fred Oriunuebho on 06.23.2011
So sad about this.

Posted by Gavin R. Putland on 06.23.2011
The reversal of the presumption of innocence in drug-possession cases is incompatible with the rule of law and is therefore unconstitutional in ALL jurisdictions. Furthermore, the ECONOMICS of the drug trade dictate that criminal sanctions are self-defeating unless concentrated on RETAIL SALES.

See "The universally unconstitutional war on drugs": .

Posted by edward boat on 06.24.2011
Be strong and all shall be well.

Posted by tadious takawira on 06.24.2011
So sad. Hope God will intervene.

Posted by jeremiyah on 07.04.2011
Notwithstanding the hypocrisy of the 'war on drugs' and although my heart goes out to Buju as I believe him to be a good man, he is also an intelligent one and shoulda know that when 'you play with fire you a go burn'. May his time pass quickly and he soon return an even wiser man.

Posted by echlove on 07.04.2011
Sad to hear. We are really going to miss you in Nigeria. We want you to know that we will be waiting for u. U have given us a lot of hope and happiness and we will pray for you all the way

Posted by Isaac Donpliers on 07.08.2011
Babylon awicked, dem frame u Rasta ....... hope surely come stronger Rasta.

Posted by Timothy on 09.13.2013
Yes Rasta! we no go fear,Rasta we are the chosen Race.We gonna chase those crazy Baldheads Judges outta Town! Strong we come Rasta.Forward Jah Jah CHILDREN! If Jah is standing by my side why should l be afraid......!!

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