Buju Banton Gets Mistrial in Drug Case
Published Sep 28, 2010In December of 2009, Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton was arrested in Florida after attempting to purchase five kilograms of cocaine from an undercover police informant. Since his arrest, the 37-year-old performer born Mark Myrie has been held without bail. The artist's trial, which started on September 23, has now been declared a mistrial.
As Reuters reports, the 12-person jury could not reach a verdict after three days of deliberation. As such, a mistrial was declared on Monday (September 27). The judge announced that a retrial for the case will not begin until December at the earliest.
Banton's lawyer is arguing that he was tricked into buying the cocaine by a convicted drug smuggler who was trying to avoid prison time himself. If Banton is convicted, he could face life in prison.
Banton's last album was 2009's Exclaim!-approved Rasta Got Soul.