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    Default Reggae star Buju Banton faces life in US prison

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    MIAMI – Buju Banton checked out some cocaine, put some on his finger and tasted it — all of it caught on law enforcement video inside a Florida warehouse. Now he has another chance to explain why.

    The Grammy-nominated singer's second trial is scheduled to begin Monday with jury selection, five months after a previous jury hung on federal drug trafficking charges that could put him in prison for life.

    Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, claims he was entrapped by a confidential informant and got in over his head while trying to impress the man, who implied he could help Banton's music career. The U.S. government says Banton conspired with two associates to buy a shipment of cocaine from an undercover officer.

    The two other men pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with investigators. Their sentencing hearings are scheduled next month.

    Banton, 37, was arrested in December 2009 at his Miami-area home.

    He remained in custody until November, when another Jamaican singer, Stephen Marley, reggae legend Bob Marley's son, posted his South Florida home as bond. Banton has been on house arrest except for a Miami concert last month to raise money for legal expenses.

    Federal prosecutors initially charged Banton with drug conspiracy and gun charges, and in November added two more drug-related charges.

    "Buju is not guilty. The number of charges doesn't change that," Banton's attorney, David Markus, said in an e-mail. "The prosecution wasn't happy with the first trial, so now it is trying to throw as many charges against the wall in the hopes something sticks."

    Markus has argued the singer, who rose from the slums of Kingston to massive success in the 1990s, was a victim of entrapment by an informant who's been paid $3.3 million for working with law enforcement over several years.

    During his first trial, the Rastafarian singer, his long dreadlocks tied in a braid, testifed that he talked a lot about cocaine with the informant, Alexander Johnson. But he said he was only trying to impress the man, who claimed to have music industry connections. He said he had no interest in buying or selling drugs.

    "I talk too much, but I am not a drug dealer," Banton said on the stand.

    In excerpts from their recorded conversations from July 2009 through December 2009 that were played for the jury, the husky-voiced singer told Johnson that he financed drug deals and that he wanted to sell drugs in Europe, buy drugs from the Caribbean and South America, and use Johnson's boat to transport drugs. The men met on a trans-Atlantic flight at the end of Banton's European tour for his album "Rasta Got Soul."

    Assistant U.S. Attorney James Preston argued Banton's conversations with the informant put the conspiracy into motion. Banton testified that he never wanted nor expected Johnson to set up a cocaine deal, despite what he said in the recordings.

    Johnson testified that he surprised Banton with cocaine at an undercover police warehouse in Sarasota on Dec. 8, 2009. Surveillance video shows Banton tasting the drugs.

    The singer was not present two days later when his two associates, Ian Thomas and James Mack, were caught on video trying to buy the drugs at the warehouse.

    Banton's 2010 album "Before the Dawn" is nominated for a Grammy award Sunday night. The album's 10 songs were recorded in Kingston, Jamaica, before Banton's arrest. The singer worked with producers and engineers over the phone from jail to finish the album before its September release.

    In an e-mail from his manager, Banton thanked his fans for their support and celebrated his fifth Grammy nomination.

    "'Before The Dawn' is a prophetic album and if it happens to win I am grateful," Banton said. "If it doesn't, I still say thanks for the appreciation and the recognition because music is an art form that cannot be denied by any living soul. Music is my life."

    In Jamaica, some fans have theorized Banton was framed by the U.S. government or gay activists who have protested violent, homophobic lyrics from early in Banton's career as a brash dancehall singer. Shows in several U.S. cities were canceled on his 2009 tour because of the protests.

    Banton jabbed at his detractors during his Jan. 16 performance in Miami, referencing one of his controversial songs and the messiah of his Rastafarian faith.

    He said: "Why they want to see Buju Banton cry? Is it because I said 'Boom Bye Bye'? Is it because I say Selassie I? Is it because I'm black and not shy?"

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    you need a life time ban just for name of the thread.

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    damm they are trying and throwing everything at him as possible so somehting and stick.

    3.3 million them paying informa, what a way fi waste tax paya money.

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    would you snitch on Buju for $3.3 million?

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    Quote Originally Posted by qnzfinest... View Post
    would you snitch on Buju for $3.3 million?
    i live in italy ,you snitch you die, you snicth you swim with the fcuking fishies, you snitch we boil you in acid,you snitch we cut your you fcuking tongue out rap it up ina brown papper bag and send it to your momma.

    why are you thinking of snitching ? 3.3 million will set you god huh ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BOBBYDIDIT View Post
    i live in italy ,you snitch you die, you snicth you swim with the fcuking fishies, you snitch we boil you in acid,you snitch we cut your you fcuking tongue out rap it up ina brown papper bag and send it to your momma.

    why are you thinking of snitching ? 3.3 million will set you god huh ?
    i won't do it...because no amount of $$$ is worth dying for

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    Quote Originally Posted by qnzfinest... View Post
    would you snitch on Buju for $3.3 million?
    YES

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    Quote Originally Posted by BOBBYDIDIT View Post
    i live in italy ,you snitch you die, you snicth you swim with the fcuking fishies, you snitch we boil you in acid,you snitch we cut your you fcuking tongue out rap it up ina brown papper bag and send it to your momma.

    why are you thinking of snitching ? 3.3 million will set you god huh ?
    altogether now
    PPL haffi chat bout me all wen MI NUH MEMBER"" dem !!!

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    3.3 MILLION ???? LORDY
    On My Grave They Will Write In

    Green This Was Not A Man But A Fucking Machine!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Reble View Post
    YES EVEN 1 MIL
    PPL haffi chat bout me all wen MI NUH MEMBER"" dem !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reble View Post
    YES

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    Congrats to Buju Banton..him win di Grammy for Best Reggae Album



    NAH TEK MUCH FI MEK A DIFFERENCE...TEK THAT NUMBER AND MULTIPLY IT BY THE WORLD. SEE IF WE NUH REACH A BETTER TOMORROW.

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    3.3

    RIGHT NOW SOME MAN WILL GIVE PRIMARY SCHOOL INFO FI COUPLE THOUSAND
    "No Cliche Music"

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    name of the thread really fucked up !!
    PPL haffi chat bout me all wen MI NUH MEMBER"" dem !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BOBBYDIDIT View Post
    i live in italy ,you snitch you die, you snicth you swim with the fcuking fishies, you snitch we boil you in acid,you snitch we cut your you fcuking tongue out rap it up ina brown papper bag and send it to your momma.

    why are you thinking of snitching ? 3.3 million will set you god huh ?

    In sicily those mafia bosses are snitching as soon as they get caught.

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    Snitch? What we talking 3.3 million US or Jamaican?

    Buju a fool ..

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    A WHA DO DA BREDDA YA WEY MEK DI POST WERE IT STATE DI MAN A GET LIFE OR A PERSONAL FEELINGS U BRING INNA DI THING

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    The Observer left the gleaner in the dust at the first Buju trial. I guess the gleaner decided not this time around... up to date info on their website.

    Daraine Luton, Senior Reporter in Tampa

    Reggae Grammy award winner Buju Banton arrived at a US federal court in Tampa Florida a short while ago.

    Buju, dressed in dark suit and blue shirt walked into the United States middle district court at 8.17 a.m. ahead of jury selection.

    His attorney David Oscar Marcus and manager Traci McGreggor were by his side. The Gargamel, who for a while had his hands in his pockets, even helped McGreggor to pull a stroller with a baby up the court steps. He then disappeared into the Sam M Gibbons building.

    Banton, 37, whose real name is Mark Myrie, has been accused of conspiring with two associates to buy a shipment of cocaine from an undercover officer. The reggae superstar has claimed he was entrapped by a confidential informant.

    Banton is facing charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm during the course of a drug trafficking crime, attempting to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and using a communication facility in the commission of an act constituting a felony.

    Banton was arrested in December 2009. During a trial five months ago, evidence was presented to the court showing him tasting a substance purporting to be cocaine in a Florida warehouse. The court was also furnished with transcripts of conversations between Banton, informant Alexander Johnson and at least two other persons in which drug deals were being discussed.

    The Jamaican superstar told the court he was only trying to impress the man, who claimed to have music industry connections.

    "I talk too much, but I am not a drug dealer," Banton said on the stand,” during the first trial.

    Banton on Sunday won the 2010 Grammy for the Best Reggae Album for his "Before the Dawn" creation.

    He now awaits his destiny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrinkles View Post
    name of the thread really fucked up !!
    it's a copied or paste
    i don't understand how it's fucked up

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    Quote Originally Posted by qnzfinest... View Post
    it's a copied or paste
    i don't understand how it's fucked up
    YOU PROLLY NEED TO TAKE/RETAKE YOUR TOEFL

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    First congrats on the Grammy won its been a long time coming...and I hope the win is only the begining for him and that this case will finally come to an end with him being set free and found not guilty....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushmaster View Post
    In sicily those mafia bosses are snitching as soon as they get caught.

    so said anything about sicily ? who said anything about mafia ? snitching LATELY ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reble View Post
    YOU PROLLY NEED TO TAKE/RETAKE YOUR TOEFL
    never took the TOEFL preparing for my GMAT

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