Thursday, February 24, 2011

Buju Banton Is Found Guilty Of Drug Trafficking

For all you Dancehall & Reggae fans out there who haven't already heard. Ya' boi Buju Banton has been found guilty of three out of four drug trafficking and gun charges brought up against him in court this Tuesday. The charges were as follows: 1.) Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine 2.) Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense 3.) Using the wires to facilitate a drug trafficking offense.

The verdict followed a four-day trial where Buju testified that he was entrapped by Alexander Johnson [a federal informant], and never wanted to purchase any drugs. Sounds like that testimony could have possible worked right??? Well unfortunately for him, that story got shot to hell and back when  a video that the prosecution presented to the jurors showed Buju actually tasting the shipment of cocaine inside of a warehouse. That pretty much sealed the deal for a conviction. I mean how could he explain THAT? Seems odd to be tasting the product if you're not buying it....Or maybe he was hungry.

This was the second time that Buju [who's government name is Mark Myrie] was tried on the drug charges....the first-time ended with a mistrial because the jury was unable to reach a verdict.I always thought it was against the law to be tried twice for the same crime but I guess Buju's case doesn't count.

A sentencing hearing hasn’t been set yet, but word has it that he could be facing 15 to 20 years in prison. He was acquitted of attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine which was the forth charge.

All this stems from when he got busted in 2009 when he attempted to set up a cocaine deal in the Tampa area. Since then Buju has continued to maintain his innocence, eventhough it was proven that he had been making boastful comments to the government informer Alexander Johnson about being heavily involved in drug dealing.

The 37-year-old rasta insists however, that he was merely a "big talker" and wanted to impress the drug dealers because he thought they could help him make recording industry contacts. See what runnin your mouth can get you? It can get you 15 to 20 if you don't know who you're running your mouth to.

I don't know if he's innocent or not, but he says he is. I guess you should just let the music play and hear for yourself...

 Buju Banton - Innocent
When asked about how he felt about the verdict, BuJu said that he was just happy that he fought, knowing that he is innocent.

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