Buju Banton Is Facing 20 Years in Jail Over Drug Charges


Buju Banton


Convicted on drug charges at a trial on Tuesday, February 22, the Jamaican star is facing up to 20 years behind bars.

Reggae star Buju Banton is facing up to 20 years in prison after he was convicted on drug charges on Tuesday, February 22.

The Jamaican star, real name Mark Myrie, was hit with four cocaine-related counts stemming from an arrest in 2009, which related to a drug deal he was planning with two other men. Banton boasted about his drug connections to a federal informer on a flight from Spain to America. The case ended in a mistrial last year when a Florida jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

A second trial got underway in a Tampa court last week, and during his testimony, Banton insisted he was simply trying to impress the undercover informant with details of a fictional drug deal. The jury returned the guilty verdict after two days of deliberations, convicting the reggae star on three of the four charges, including conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine. The 37 year old was acquitted of attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.

The conviction comes two weeks after Banton won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album for "Before The Dawn".

© AceShowbiz.com


MORE FROM NEWS

Leave a Comment

Required fields are marked with *

   

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes Spotted on Rare Outing With Their Kids
  2. Does Sebastian Stan Tease His Return as Winter Soldier in 'Avengers: Infinity War'?
  3. Angelina Jolie Is Ready to Move Into New $25M Mansion After Brad Pitt Split
  4. Mariah Carey Flashes Skimpy Thong at Dinner With Twins Moroccan and Monroe
  5. Avril Lavigne Is NOT Dead and Replaced by a Clone, New Album Is on the Way
  6. George Clooney and Amal Are Hiding Out to Prepare for Her Labor
  7. Sasheer Zamata Quits 'SNL' After Four Seasons
  8. Russell Wilson Calls Himself 'Papa' in Sweet Birthday Message for Ciara's Son Future Jr.
  9. 'Mamma Mia!' Sequel 'Here We Go Again!' Is in the Works
  10. Billy Crudup Drops Out of 'The Flash' Movie

CELEBS PHOTO