Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 at 12:37 pm
Reggae Star Buju Banton was sentenced to ten years in jail and five years probation following his release due to his involvement in an epic cocaine deal that went down back in 2009. BBC has you covered with the details.
“In February the star was convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute it, along with a further drug trafficking offence and a gun charge.
He was acquitted of a fourth charge for attempted cocaine possession
It was Banton’s second trial – his first ended in September when the jury was unable to reach a verdict.
Much of the case hinged on video and audio recordings taken by an informant and by Drug Enforcement Administration personnel.
The informant was paid $50,000 (£31,000) after Banton’s arrest in December 2009, along with two others.
One video shown to the jury showed Banton apparently tasting cocaine in a Florida warehouse.
A co-defendant later gave the informant $135,000 (£83,705). He and another man pleaded guilty to drug charges in the case.”