Banton Denies Cocaine Charges
Reggae star BUJU BANTON has "vigorously denied" charges he attempted to buy cocaine from an undercover cop, according to the star's attorney.
The Grammy-nominated Jamaican star, real name Mark Anthony Myrie, was taken into custody in Miami, Florida on Thursday (10Dec09) after he was caught with more than five kilograms (11 pounds) of cocaine.
He was charged with conspiracy to possess, with intent to distribute and faces up to 20 years behind bars if convicted.
Court documents state two others were also arrested, after contacting a police informant to enquire about a deal.
In an e-mail to the Associated Press on Tuesday (15Dec09), Herbert E. Walker III said he looks forward to representing Banton in court, insisting his client "vigorously denies these allegations".
Banton remains in federal custody in Miami.