Buju Banton Trial Update: Verdict Expected Sept 27
Buju Banton Awaits Verdict in Florida Cocaine Trial
Reggae star Buju Banton (born Mark Myrie) is awaiting the verdict in a drugs and firearms trial. Buju Banton was arrested at his Florida home in December 2009 after trying to buy cocaine from undercover police officers. The Jamaica Observer promises an update as soon as a verdict is verified. [Update: the verdict in the Buju Banton trial is now expected on Monday, September 27]
Buju Banton is on trial for intent to buy and distribute cocaine, as well as possession of an illegal firearm.
Banton's co-defendants, Ian Thomas and James Mack, have pled guilty.
Buju Banton: 'I Had No Intention to Distribute'
Buju Banton, taking the stand during the trial, said that he had no intention of selling cocaine, and was only talking about it to impress a new friend.
Banton is charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine and aiding two others in possessing a firearm during the course of cocaine distribution. He faces up to life in prison.
The anxiety was further heightened when at 4:40 pm it appeared the jurors were returning with a verdict."We should pray now," said one supporter."We did that already," another informed him.To the disappointment of the nervous supporters, which included family members of the artiste, the jurors were only seeking further instructions.