Reggae Star Buju Banton Free After Federal Drug Sentence
Reggae star Buju Banton is free after serving seven years in federal prison on drug charges.
Banton was convicted in a federal courtroom in Florida in 2011. Prison officials told the Tampa Bay Times that Banton was freed Friday from Georgia's private McRae Correctional Institute.
The 45-year-old music star was expected to return to his native Jamaica.
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At trial in Tampa in 2011, federal prosecutors showed the jury audio and video recordings of Banton that they said proved he was involved in a deal to buy 11 pounds (nearly 5 kilograms) of cocaine for $135,000.
Born Mark Myrie, he was reared in Kingston and rose to prominence as a reggae and dancehall artist in the 1990s.