WHAT'S HOT?

Buju Banton Attempted to Buy Cocaine Only to 'Impress'

September 24, 2010 03:33:55 GMT

In a trial, the reggae star told the judge that he thought the undercover police 'had good contacts in the music industry.'


Buju Banton
See larger image
Photo credit: PNP/WENN

Reggae star Buju Banton has taken the stand in his ongoing drugs trial to deny allegations he attempted to buy cocaine from an undercover law enforcement officer - insisting he lied about ambitions to deal illegal substances to "impress" his new pal.

The Jamaican musician is on trial in Florida after he was allegedly caught trying to buy drugs last summer. He has denied charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and aiding and abetting two others in possessing a firearm during the course of distribution.

But when he took the stand this week, Banton claimed undercover officer Alexander Johnson struck up a conversation about drugs with him and he boasted about fake plans to become a dealer in a bid to "impress" the informant, who he believed had good contacts in the music industry. He told the Florida court, "I was trying to impress this guy. I wasn't going to let him out talk me. That's what got me into this hot seat..."

"I was just talking straight up garbage. I liked hanging out with Mr. Johnson. He could talk all he wanted to talk, but I wasn't going to engage in it."

Banton also alleges he was surprised when he was later presented with the cocaine at a videotaped meeting last December, because he hadn't thought the deal was for real. He added "I didn't know I was going to see any drugs. And if I had known I was going to see drugs, I wouldn't have gone."

Stephen Marley, the son of late music legend Bob Marley, previously took the stand as a character witness for Banton, insisting he has known the star for 20 years and he has "never" heard his friend discuss drugs, according to Tampabay.com. The case continues.


 




Post Your Comments

posted by Irieman on Sep 24, 2010
The Man careless bad
posted by reader on Sep 24, 2010
this reporter is mistaken. 1)he was caught last december 2) it was an informant not an undercover officer 3) he tried to impress by talking not by buying
posted by lexus on Sep 24, 2010
good to know you did not touch the stuff nor parted with money to buy same. pray you come out clean. peace!
posted by caribbean trini on Sep 24, 2010
oh please buju your statements sound way to bogus for your character. u often give the idea of being an individual who thinks for himself as to signify your leadership quality rather than being that of a follower, now u acting as i u are one who is concern with impressing people, and so much so to go that kindda distance. please, i dont buy it

Screen Name
Please Enter   
Comment
 
 
 
RSS
FB
Twitter