Buju Banton arrested on drug charges

Music News | By on Dec 13th, 2009

Controversial Reggae star Buju Banton has been in the news a lot based on his anti-gay lyrics and songs. But now he’s in the news for something else, he has been arrested in Florida on drug charges. Banton was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. Yikes, things not going well for Banton lately huh?

Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton is facing a drug charge in Florida.

Banton, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie, has been in U.S. federal custody in Miami since Thursday.

Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman David Melenkevitz said Sunday that Banton was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. The charge stems from a DEA case in Tampa.

An e-mail to Banton’s independent record label was not immediately returned Sunday.

Banton’s ninth album, “Rasta Got Soul,” is nominated for a Grammy. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation launched an online petition protesting the nomination, saying some of Banton’s earlier lyrics have advocated violence against gay people.
[Yahoo]

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