Banton's Label Supports Star Through Drug Conspiracy Charges
BUJU BANTON's record label bosses have pledged to stand by the troubled reggae star as he battles federal drug charges in the U.S.
The Grammy-nominated Jamaican star, real name Mark Anthony Myrie, was indicted along with two other men last Tuesday (15Dec09) for allegedly attempting to distribute at least five kilograms (11 pounds) of cocaine.
He was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute following his arrest earlier this month (Dec09) when he was busted allegedly arranging a drug deal with an undercover police officer.
Banton, who has "vigorously denied" the charges, is currently being held in federal custody in Tampa, Florida.
And he can count on the full support of his boss, Gargamel Music Incorporated president Tracii MCGregor, who has already moved to replace Banton's current attorney Herbert Walker III with high-profile lawyer David Oscar Markus.
MCGregor tells CaribWorldNews.com, "Walker has never really been our attorney. This is Buju and we’re going to get him the top legal representation there is. We are ready to fight."
If convicted, Banton faces between 20 years to life in prison.