Reggae star Buju Banton sentenced 10 years for cocaine trafficking
WASHINGTON — Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton was Thursday sentenced in Florida to ten years in prison for cocaine trafficking, federal court documents showed.
Thirty-seven-year-old Banton, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie, was found guilty of possession of more than five kilos of cocaine, with “intent to distribute,” by a jury on February 22.
After serving his sentence, he must also spend five years under court supervision.
The musician was arrested in December 2009 after attempting to sell $125,000 worth of cocaine to an undercover informant working for the US Drug Enforcement Agency, according to the court documents.
The Grammy-award winning artist has 15 children.