Buju Banton found guilty in cocaine case, faces up to 15 years in prison | News

Reggae legend Buju Banton faces up to 15 years in prison after being found guilty on drug related charges. A 12 member jury found Buju, real name Mark Myrie, guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offence, and using the wires to facilitate a drug-trafficking offence.

This news has sent shock waves through family, friends and the reggae fraternity who hoped he would have been freed – many of whom believe he was set up.

In just over a week the reggae star has gone from jubilation, following his Best Reggae Album victory at the Grammys, to despair and uncertainty over his future. He performed to a sold-out crowd of a reported 10,000 attendees in January to raise funds for his court fees.

Banton was not at the scene of the crime and maintains it was “just talk” that lead the US Government to charge him for conspiring with two associates to buy a shipment of cocaine from an undercover officer. However, he was apparently caught on video tasting cocaine and audio telling the informant he stays away from the actual deals. The jury returned a not-guilty verdict on a fourth charge for attempting to possess five kilograms or more of cocaine.

The date for sentencing has not been set.