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Buju Banton Sentenced To Ten Years Jail Time For Cocaine Charges

By Joe Wilde | 30th June 2013

Buju Banton, the reggae star who was busted back in 2009 following a DEA investigation, was sentenced this week and will serve time in a federal prison on three seperate charges stemming from a drug...

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Buju Banton's Appeal Rejected

8th August 2012

Incarcerated reggae star Buju Banton has lost his appeal against his conviction on drug charges.The Jamaican hitmaker was sentenced to serve 10 years behind bars in June, 2011 after he was found guilty of allegedly...

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Buju Banton Appeals Drug Conviction

17th December 2011

Reggae star Buju Banton is appealing his federal drug conviction, insisting there was not enough evidence to prove he was involved in a cocaine conspiracy.The Grammy Award winner's attorney filed appeal papers on Friday (16Dec11)...

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Buju Banton Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison

23rd June 2011

Embattled reggae star Buju Banton has been sentenced to serve 10 years behind bars for allegedly planning a cocaine deal in 2009.The Jamaican hitmaker was taken into custody two years ago after he was busted...

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Buju Banton Sentenced To 10 Years For Cocaine Trafficking

23rd June 2011

Buju Banton has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. The Grammy award winning reggae singer - real name Mark Myrie - was convicted in February of conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to...

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Buju Banton Appeals For Reduced Prison Sentence

10th June 2011

Embattled reggae star Buju Banton is appealing to a Florida judge for leniency following his conviction on drug charges earlier this year (11).The Jamaican hitmaker was arrested in 2009 after he was busted for allegedly...

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Banton Convicted On Drug Charges

22nd February 2011

Reggae star BUJU BANTON is facing up to 20 years in prison after he was convicted on drug charges on Tuesday (22Feb11).The Jamaican star, real name Mark Myrie, was hit with four cocaine-related counts stemming...

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Banton Back In Court For Drug Trial

17th February 2011

Reggae star BUJU BANTON confessed his shame to boasting about drugs to an undercover agent in court on Wednesday (16Feb11).The Grammy Award winner has been charged with several cocaine-related counts, but he insists all he's...

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Banton Thanks Fans For Support During Drug Troubles

3rd January 2011

Reggae star BUJU BANTON has publicly thanked his fans for standing by him throughout his "turbulent times" after he was imprisoned and hit with a string of drug charges last year (10).The music veteran, real...

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Banton Granted Bail Thanks To Marley

11th November 2010

Reggae star BUJU BANTON has been released from prison after BOB MARLEY's son STEPHEN offered up his own house as a bail bond.Banton, real name Mark Myrie, was remanded in custody in December 2009 after...

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Judge Postpones Banton's Retrial

1st November 2010

Reggae star BUJU BANTON is facing another four months in police custody after his retrial date on drug charges was delayed until February (11).Banton, real name Mark Myrie, was jailed in December 2009 after he...

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Banton's Drug Case Declared A Mistrial, Retrial Planned

28th September 2010

Reggae star BUJU BANTON's drug case has been declared a mistrial, after a jury failed to reach a unanimous decision.Banton, real name Mark Myrie, was jailed in December 2009 after he was caught allegedly attempting...

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Banton 'Made Up' Drugs Claims

23rd September 2010

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...

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Jury Selection Begins In Banton Drug Trial

20th September 2010

Reggae star BUJU BANTON will finally face up to the drug charges stemming from his arrest last year (09) - jury selection has begun, five months after he was initially due to stand trial.Banton, real...

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Banton Drug Trial Postponed

15th April 2010

Reggae star BUJU BANTON will have to spend another two months in police custody after his trial date for drug charges was delayed until June (10).Banton, real name Mark Myrie, has been behind bars since...

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Gay Groups Triumph After Banton Loses Grammy

1st February 2010

Gay rights activists triumphed in their campaign against Grammy-nominated reggae singer BUJU BANTON at Sunday night's (31Jan10) ceremony - after the jailed artist lost out on a top album award.Members at the Gay and Lesbian...

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Gay Groups Protest Banton's Grammy Nod

29th January 2010

Gay rights activists are campaigning for Grammy bosses to denounce jailed reggae singer BUJU BANTON - insisting he has "promoted the murder of gay people throughout his career".The 36 year old is nominated in the...

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Gays Protest Against Grammy Nominee

29th January 2010

A coalition of gay activist groups has called on Neil Portnow, the president of the Recording Academy to speak out at Sunday night's Grammy Awards against music "that promotes or celebrates violence against any group...

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Lawyer: 'Government Entrapped Banton'

27th January 2010

The lawyer for BUJU BANTON filed papers on Tuesday (26Jan10) claiming the U.S. government entrapped the reggae star in a drug deal.The singer pleaded not guilty earlier this month (Jan10) to a charge of conspiring...

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Banton Pleads Not Guilty

9th January 2010

Reggae star BUJU BANTON has pleaded not guilty to drug charges in Florida.The singer was arraigned on Thursday (07Jan10) on a charge of conspiring to buy more than five kilograms of cocaine from an undercover...

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Banton's Label Supports Star Through Drug Conspiracy Charges

22nd December 2009

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...

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Banton Transferred To Tampa

17th December 2009

Reggae star BUJU BANTON will fight a drug charge in Tampa, Florida after waiving his bail hearing in a Miami federal court.The Grammy-nominated Jamaican star, real name Mark Anthony Myrie, has remained in federal custody...

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Banton Denies Cocaine Charges

15th December 2009

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...

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Banton Arrested After Drug Deal With Undercover Cop

14th December 2009

Controversial reggae star BUJU BANTON was arrested after attempting to buy drugs from an undercover police officer, it has been revealed.The Grammy-nominated Jamaican star, real name Mark Anthony Myrie, was taken into custody in Miami,...

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Banton Arrested On Drug Charges

14th December 2009

Grammy-nominated reggae star BUJU BANTON has been arrested on drug charges.The Jamaican dancehall singer, real name Mark Anthony Myrie, was held in Florida on Thursday (10Dec09) on a charge of conspiracy to possess, with intent...

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Gay Rights Group Protests Banton's Grammy Nod

9th December 2009

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) leaders in America have urged musicians to sign a new petition protesting homophobic reggae star BUJU BANTON's Grammy Award nomination.The advocacy organisation is also calling on Recording Academy...

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Banton's Los Angeles Show Scrapped

1st September 2009

Reggae star BUJU BANTON's upcoming Los Angeles concert has been scrapped following protests from the city's gay rights groups.The Jamaican dancehall singer was booked to perform at Club Nokia in October (09), but bosses at...

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Banton Slams Gay Rights Protestors

27th August 2007

Dancehall star BUJU BANTON has branded gay rights protestors at a New York reggae festival "stupid and ignorant". The Reggae Carifest on Saturday (25Aug07) was marred by ill-feeling in the gay community, after artists deemed...

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Fascinating Fact 3789

21st August 2007

R+B sensation SEAN KINGSTON's uncle is reggae superstar BUJU BANTON. His grandfather is BOB MARLEY producer JACK RUBY....

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Banton Agrees To Refrain From Homophobia

23rd July 2007

Dancehall artist BUJU BANTON has agreed to refrain from writing homophobic lyrics after signing up to the Reggae Compassionate Act. The Deportees star was heavily criticised for the anti-gay statements made in his 1992 song...

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