Thursday, February 24, 2011

Buju Banton Found Guilty on Cocaine Charges


Grammy Award winner Buju Banton was found guilty on Tuesday on cocaine conspiracy charges and could face 15 years to life in prison.

The AP reports

Prosecutor Preston hammered Banton during cross examination, saying that the 37-year-old singer went out of his way to portray himself as a drug financier.

"You gave (the informant) every reason to believe you were a player in the cocaine game," Preston said.

Banton shot back: "We were both trying to impress each other. I was just making things up. I was just talking crap. I talk too much."

Two other Jamaican musicians, Stephen Marley and Gramps Morgan, testified on Banton's behalf Wednesday and said their friend definitely spoke with swagger — but is a hardworking musician and beloved musician in his native Jamaica who never had contact with cocaine.

"He's a big talker," said Marley, who is the son of reggae legend Bob Marley.

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