By: Susan Harris - Staff Writer
Feb 13, 2021
Buju Banton Prison. Buju Banton is being charged for federal drug trafficking that could put him in prison for life. The well-known reggae musician claims he was entrapped by a confidential informant when he checked out some cocaine by putting it on his finger and tasting it.
The 37-year-old was originally arrested in December 2009 at his Miami-area home. Prior to his arrest, he was caught on law enforcement video inside of a Florida warehouse trafficing drug. On September 27, 2010, the case was declared a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision.
He was held in custody on a $250,000 bail until November 2010. He was bonded out by Stephen Marley, reggae legend Bob Marley’s son. He now remains under house arrest. Now, the prosecution is seeking to reindict him.
Banton’s jury selection is scheduled to begin on February 14. Two other men involved with the trafficking pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with investigators. Their sentencing hearings are scheduled for next month. Initial charges against Banton were drug conspiracy and gun charges. In November, federal prosecutor’s added conspiracy to distribute and possession of more than five kilos of cocaine.
“Buju is not guilty. The number of charges doesn’t change that,” Banton’s attorney, David Markus, said in an e-mail. “The prosecution wasn’t happy with the first trial, so now it is trying to throw as many charges against the wall in the hopes something sticks.”World News Join The Conversation
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