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Mistrial Declared In Buju Banton Case; Singer Seeks Bail

(AllHipHop News) A mistrial has been declared in the drug case of Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton, who alleged attempted to purchase five kilos of cocaine from an FBI informant last year. According to reports, the 12 jurors could not reach a verdict after four days of deliberating Buju Banton’s guilty, prompting U.S. District Judge James Moody declare a mistrial. The reggae singer, born Mark Myrie, was arrested in December of 2009, after surveillance camera allegedly caught the singer and associates making a drug transaction with an undercover officer. Buju allegedly inspected the shipment, resulting in multiple charges, including conspiracy to posses and intent to distribute in addition to possession of a firearm during the course of illegal activity.Buju Banton’s lawyers claims the government entrapped the singer because they used a government informant who pressured him to purchase the cocaine. Lawyers for Buju Banton are attempting to have the reggae star bonded out of a federal prison in Tampa, where was transferred after his initial arrest in Miami. Buju Banton is facing life in prison if he is convicted of the charges, which include conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine, as well as possession of a firearm during the course of a felony.

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