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Embattled Reggae superstar, Mark “Buju Banton” Myrie is being transferred from the Pinellas County Jail in Tampa Bay, Florida to a correctional facility in Mississippi so he can commence serving his ten year prison sentence.
The internationally acclaimed singer will serve his time at the Adams County Correctional Center in Natchez, Mississippi after it was discovered that there were a shortage of beds at the Florida facility. Judge James Moody originally insisted during Buju’s sentencing that he should serve his sentence in a Florida prison but due to this technically, the Bureau of Prisons have decided to move the Grammy winning singjay.
“The judge recommended that he serve his time in Florida, but there were no beds in Miami, and the ultimate decision was made by the Bureau of Prisons. We are hopeful that when a bed opens up down here (Florida) that we can get him transferred so that it is easier on his family (and us) to see him,” David Markus, Buju’s lawyer explained. The Adams County Prison holds well in excess of 2,000 male prisoners is owned by the corrections management provider, CCA which is the fifth largest corrections service in the U.S.
Buju was originally sentenced to ten years in prison for drug related charges stemming from a December 2009 incident in which he allegedly conspired to organize a drug deal in a police controlled warehouse. Buju will not be allowed to record any new material in prison but has since implied that he would pursue a Master’s Degree in Economics & Political Science. An appeals case spearheaded by Buju’s lawyers is still on the cards; to be heard in Georgia. Markus intimated immediately following Buju’s sentence that the artiste will likely serve at most 6 years given credit for time already served & good behavior.
via Dancehall World
Reggae star Buju Banton was found guilty on three charges by a 12-member panel of jurors a short while ago at the United States Sam M Gibbons Federal Court here in Tampa.
The artiste was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilogrammes of cocaine, of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offence and using the wires to facilitate a drug-trafficking offence.
However he was found not guilty of attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.
The artiste hugged his lawyer David Markus when the verdict was read.
Many of the artiste’s supporters left the courtroom crying. He has been detained and has had his bail revoked.
Buju Banton just won the Grammy for „Best Reggae Album“. He was nominated amongst the likes of Gregory Isaacs, Lee Perry, Bob Sinclair and Sly & Robbie, Sly & Robbie and the Family Taxi, and Andrew Tosh.
BUJU Banton has won the Grammy Award in the Best Reggae Album category. The Grammy Award show is being aired tonight. Banton was nominated for his Before the Dawn album.
Other nominees were Gregory Isaacs and King Isaac – Isaacs Meets Isaac; Lee ‚Scratch‘ Perry – Revelation; Bob Sinclair and Sly and Robbie – Made in Jamaica; Sly and Robbie and the Family Taxi – One Pop Reggae; and Andrew Tosh – Legacy: An Acoustic Tribute to Peter Tosh.
Responding to the nomination, a statement from Banton’s management over the weekend quoted Buju as saying, „It feels good. I have been nominated four times before although I never won. To me it means a lot because it shows that my music has transcended a lot of borders and people are now paying attention to what I’m saying in-depth.“
Banton goes on trial in the United States tomorrow on drug charges.
He faces up to 20 years in prison.
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The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (USDEA) yesterday confirmed that reggae artiste Buju Banton is now in a Florida lock-up after being charged with intent to distribute cocaine.
Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was held on Thursday, Florida DEA information spokesman David Melenkevitz told the Sunday Observer.
„Mr Myrie was arrested on a case based in Tampa. He is charged with intent to distribute cocaine, five kilos or more,“ Melenkevitz said. „Right now he’s in custody in South Florida and he’ll be transferred to Tampa.
Asked when the transfer would take place, Melenkevitz said he couldn’t give a date, only that it would be „in the near future“.
Melenkevitz also said he did not know the circumstances that led to the deejay’s arrest. However, he confirmed that the arrest was not made at an airport.
Banton has been in the United States since September promoting his new album Rasta Got Soul.
His arrest comes almost two months after he rejected demands from gay activists in California that he promote respect for homosexuals via his music and at a town hall meeting.
The gay lobbyists also demanded that he donate the proceeds from his anti-gay anthem Boom Bye Bye to local gay group Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG).
But Banton told local talk show host Mutabaruka on his Cutting Edge show on Irie FM in October that he could never endorse the demands and that he would never sell himself out as that would contradict his religion and culture.
He also said that the night after he met with the gay lobbyists his tour concert was pepper-sprayed.
Since then, the Rasta Got Soul Tour, which opened on September 12 in Philadelphia and was scheduled to end November 1 in Orlando, Florida, has been fraught with problems, as gay rights advocates have forced a number of cancellations.
For almost two decades Banton has been a target of gay rights groups angered by his music, particularly Boom Bye Bye, which they point to as promoting the murder of homosexuals.
Last week, one gay rights group protested the Grammy nomination of Banton’s Rasta Got Soul announced two weeks ago.
The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Centre described the nomination as „appalling“ and voiced the hope that the recording academy would „not bestow the prestigious honour of a Grammy on someone whose music promotes murder“.
„We’re shocked that Buju Banton, a singer with a long record of performing a song that glorifies the murder of gay people, would be honoured with a Grammy nomination, regardless of the artistic merit of any of his work,“ the centre said on its website.
Yesterday, Melenkevitz said that Banton would be prosecuted by the US Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.“