Buju Banton Team Calls Out ABC For Releasing Video

Should Buju Banton Fans Be Angry Over Cocaine Tasting VIDEO? Buju-Banton

Buju Banton management team issued a lengthy statement condemning ABC News for releasing the video footage showing him tasting cocaine in a warehouse.
The controversial video is causing Buju Banton a little headache and now his team is questioning the motives of releasing the video when he is only months away from being released from prison. The Grammy-winning reggae star’s release date is set for December 8th when he will return to Jamaica and continue his music career. He is currently serving his 10-year sentence at the McRae Correctional Facility in Georgia.
“The timing of the ABC report raises many important questions: What purpose does this report serve?” Buju Banton management said in a statement. “Why unseal this dated footage now, when Myrie is preparing to resume his life and career? And finally, why did a American news network that has previously shown little interest in Buju Banton’s life and career choose to run a lengthy article that omits crucial and readily available information about the case against Mark Myrie?”

Buju Banton has maintained his innocence and was even offered a deal during the trial where he could’ve gone home but declined it because he insists that he is innocent. The video footage was shot on December 8, 2009 in a warehouse in Sarasota, Florida where Buju Banton met with government informant Alex Johnson and an undercover police officer posing as a drug dealer. The singer says he was entrapped in the situation and wasn’t planning to go through with any drug deal. As a matter of fact, on the day the deal went down, he was at his home two hours away in Tamarac, Florida, sleeping.

Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, also thanked his supporters for their support over the years and pledged that he is coming back with some new music when he is released later this year.

 

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Buju Banton Tasting Cocaine In Leaked Under Cover VIDEO & AUDIO
Buju Banton file photoBuju Banton fans are angry over the release of his cocaine tasting video.

Buju Banton is currently towards the end of his decade stint in prison in the United States for drug trafficking, but some old demons are coming back to haunt him. The infamous video that authorities used to convict the Grammy-winning reggae singer in 2011. The footage was shot inside a warehouse in Sarasota owned by the police department. In December 2009, Buju Banton along with Ian Thomas met with government informant, Alex Johnson, in Sarasota, Florida to look at a boat, but that quickly turned into the men meeting an undercover police officer posing as a drug dealer in a warehouse.
The embarrassing video shows the four men inspecting a block of cocaine inside the warehouse riddled with cameras and microphones. Buju Banton was seen in the footage tasting the cocaine, but his fans are arguing that was already established in the 2011 trial. The singer’s fans have been venting on social media since the release of the video over the weekend.
Some fans questioned why is the video being released now when the reggae icon is only months away from being released from prison. “The man do the time for the crime already and soon come a road so why now is this video coming out, they are just trying to embarrass the Gargamel, leave we icon alone now you guys done tarnish his name already,” one fan wrote. Another added, “Anybody can impersonate someone, ten years ago him locked up so what’s the importance of the video now?”

“Interesting how they release this with months to go before freedom,” another fan vents. “Since this was in the possession of the U.S government, it’s a clear attempt to do damage before his release. Why not release this in 2009 / 2010. This is an attempt to make the situation fresh. Anyways, this video not showing the FBI admitting in court that they lied to him to get him there.”
Prior to now, authorities have kept the video and other evidence against Buju Banton sealed, but ABC news, who released the video, has been fighting for years to have the evidence unseal and be available to the public. Seems authorities have now decided to unseale the evidence and make them available to the public.
Buju Banton, born Mark Myrie, will be released from prison on December 8th this year. The reggae legend has maintained his innocence despite being convicted on three counts of cocaine trafficking charges. One thing is very clear, he still has the support of his fans.

 

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Buju Banton Case: Drug Dealer Arrested AGAIN In Florida Buju BantonWas Buju Banton tasting cocaine in this leaked undercover video?

Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is only months away from being released from prison but this video will be a sore on his career for years to come. The Grammy-winning reggae star was convicted in 2011 for three counts of cocaine trafficking and sent to prison for 10 years. He is now towards the end of his decade sentence and now the case is being tossed back into the public domain with a newly leaked video footage.
During the trial, the prosecution presented this video in court showing Buju Banton and three other men inside a warehouse in Miami inspecting and tasting cocaine. Prosecutors say the video proves that the reggae star is a drug dealer who was about to make a deal. Two of the men in the video are believed to be Buju Banton former friend Ian Thomas and an undercover DEA agent posing as a drug dealer. Ian Thomas and James Mack took plea deals to testify against Buju and was released from prison in 2013. The man who Buju says entrapped him into the drug ring, Alex Johnson, also believed to be in the warehouse video.

On Sunday, the infamous video popped up online showing the four men inside the warehouse inspecting cocaine. Towards the end of the short video posted below, you can see Ian Thomas giving Buju Banton a small amount of cocaine to taste which the singer did and then walked off. Buju was also smoking in the clip either weed or cigarettes.

Buju Banton met Alex Johnson on a flight from Madrid to Miami in the summer of 2009 when the two sat next to each other. The hit it off immediately and talked about drug dealing. In his defense, the reggae singer says he was trying to impressed Johnson when he proclaimed himself to be a big drug dealer with ties to some of the biggest drug kingpins in Jamaica. Turns out that Johnson was a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) informant and immediately started working to entrap the entertainer. Authorities also investigated Banton’s claim and found no link to any big name drug dealers in the Caribbean.

The two men exchanged numbers on the flight and Buju Banton wrote down his name and number on a napkin and gave it to Johnson. Banton says Johnson would also call him to meet up but he would always avoid doing it, but on December 8, 2009, he eventually went to meet with Johnson in Sarasota which is a 2-hour drive from where the singer lived in South Florida.

Johnson told Banton he had a sailboat to show him, but somehow that turned into the artist going inside a warehouse to taste cocaine. The DEA already set up a surveillance system inside the warehouse and the entertainer fell right into the trap. While in the warehouse, Johnson took a brick of cocaine from the trunk of an SUV and showed it to the men.
Buju Banton and Johnson again met up on December 8th to finalize the deal where they discussed pricing and other logistics while driving through the streets of Sarasota. Johnson gave the singer a small amount of cocaine to sell on his own as part of his trap for when the DEA ready to arrest him. Banton also thanked Johnson for the opportunity to sell drugs while also talking about his financial problems.
“Thank you very much for this opportunity man,” Buju Banton said. “Oh you have given me the opportunity to be myself again.”
The warehouse in the video is also owned by Sarasota Police Department and it’s fitted at every corner with hidden cameras and microphones. On December 10, 2009, Ian Thomas and James Mack went back to Sarasota with $135,000 to go buy five kilograms of cocaine from the police informant, Alex Johnson, and the undercover police officer posing as a drug dealer. The two men were arrested when police swarmed the warehouse when the deal was going down. Buju Banton was arrested at his home two hours away in Tamarac, Florida and that marked the beginning of his legal troubles.
Buju Banton was slapped with three counts of drug trafficking charges and a gun charge. He was charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine. Although he was not the one traveling with the gun, Banton was charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.
Buju Banton, born Mark Myrie, was convicted of the three counts of drug trafficking charges against him, but Judge James Moody dismissed the gun charge. This was his second trial after the first trial in December 2010 ended in a mistrial with a jury deadlock. The police informant who entrapped Buju in the drug deal, Alex Johnson, was paid $50,000 by the DEA for his work to help them nab the singer.
Buju Banton was sentenced to the mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in a federal prison. He appealed the conviction several times before exhausted his legal options. In 2015, he decided to give up on further appeal and serve the full sentence and in exchange, the judge agreed that he can never be charged with the gun charge again which could’ve seen additional years being tacked on his sentence.
Here is the video and two audio recordings of Buju Banton discussing drug dealings with Johnson.

For years the video and audio evidence, which were crucial to the police case against Buju Banton, has been tightly sealed, but the media has been relentless in its quest to have the evidence unsealed. Seems the video footage was finally made available to the public.
Buju Banton will be released from prison on December 8th this year.

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Buju Banton Having A Stroke In Prison Reports False

Buju Banton is only months away from being released from prison but there is a major development related to his case.

Ian Thomas, who was arrested with Buju Banton in 2009, was arrested in Florida last week and charged with money laundering and unlawful use of a communications device charges. If you were following the case closely between 2009-2011, then you would have already known who Ian Thomas is. The 51-year-old was arrested with Buju Banton and James Mack and slapped with drug trafficking charges.

Thomas and Mack took a plea deal and was given reduced sentences, but Buju, real name Mark Myrie, fought his charges and lost. The reggae singer was sentenced to ten years in prison for three counts of cocaine charges. The singer says he knew Thomas since he was 19 years old. Thomas and James Mack were released from prison in 2013 and now he finds himself in more legal troubles that could see him spending years in prison.

Buju Banton’s defense support committee says this latest development vindicates the singer and shows that Thomas was not a credible witness. “This arrest shows that he (Thomas) was not credible, and we have always had an issue with that from the get-go,” the committee said. “Here it is he turned against Buju, entered a plea bargain, got a reduced sentenced, and almost immediately after, on his own, he’s found with drugs and arrested. They were the ones caught in the warehouse in 2009. Mark [Myrie] was arrested at his home. It’s clear at this point who was the drug dealer.”

Buju Banton says he was entrapped in a drug deal with police informant Alexander Johnson who claimed that the singer introduced him to Thomas and Mack. The two men were arrested at a warehouse in Miami while trying to make a drug deal. Cops showed a video footage in court of Buju tasting cocaine in said warehouse, but the singer says he was just doing it to make it seems like he was a legitimate drug dealer.

Buju Banton release date is set for December this year. He will also be deported to Jamaica.

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Should President Obama Pardon Buju Banton? Buju Banton

Sources close to the Grammy winner said the 43-year-old is in good health and that the reports are completely false. “Gargamel (Buju Banton) is doing good and the reports are completely false,” sources said.
News started circulating on social media on and some blogs on Saturday claiming that Buju Banton had a stroke and is hospitalized. We checked with the correctional department in Georgia and with the artists reps who also dismissed the reports.
Buju Banton, born Mark Myrie, is currently serving a 10-year sentence for drug traffickingcharges. He is schedule for release from prison in late 2018.

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Did Buju Banton Get A Prison Visit From Jay Z, Diddy & Doug E. Fresh because he is leaving prison early?

President Obama may hold the key to Buju Banton freedom. A new petition was launched on the Whitehouse website is getting a lot of attention.

During his trial, Banton’s legal team argued that he was entrapped into a drug trafficking ring by a paid U.S. informant with a criminal record.

Despite getting a lot of support, it is widely believe that getting President Obama to pardon Buju Banton is still a long shot.

Side note, President Obama is a huge fan of reggae music.

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Jailed Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton warns against Trinidad scam

Buju Banton has received visits in prison from a lot of celebrities but Jay Z, Diddy and Doug E. Fresh are not among them.

The above image have been circulating on a few websites and on social media claiming that the hip hop icons visited the reggae legend in prison recently. That is completely false and the photo is over a decade old.

The pic was taken in June, 2005 when at a launch party for Jay Z’s limited edition Audemars Piguet watch at Audemars Piguet Boutique in New York City. That was long before Buju Banton even dream of going to prison for drug trafficking.

Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, has had his 10-year sentence reduced by a mere 2 months, meaning that he could be released in the fall of 2018.

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Concert promoters in Trinidad and Tobago are being warned that they should not pay funds to an individual posing as the authorized agent for incarcerated reggae star, Buju Banton.

“A certain individual in Trinidad has approached promoters with the false claim that he is the local agent for renowned reggae musician Buju Banton. He has further sought to swindle monies by stating he is authorised to collect funds for a concert being held for Buju Banton in Trinidad during this year.

“We wish to warn the public that it is totally untrue. Buju Banton has not given such rights to anyone in Trinidad. Nor is a concert being organised at this time,” according to a joint statement issued by the Buju Banton Defence Support Committee and his attorney Charles Ogletree.

Buju Banton Sentencing Postponed, Gargamel Issue Statement++Buju As...

Banton is currently serving a 10-year sentence on drug-related charges after he was arrested at his South Florida home in December 2009 and charged with conspiracy to distribute five or more kilogrammes of cocaine.

His arrest followed a sting operation at a Drug Enforcement Agency-controlled warehouse in Tampa, which also resulted in the arrest of James Mack and Ian Thomas, who were attempting to purchase co-caine from undercover agents.

After two trials he was sentenced in a Tampa, Florida court.

However, Ogletree has filed a second appeal in the 11th US Circuit Court on February 4 claiming his client was denied a fair trial due to juror misconduct. Banton has maintained his innocence and says he was entrapped by the US Government.

The attorney has warned that the person who is posing as an agent for the singer could face legal action if caught.

“Anyone seeking to do this would suffer legal consequences. We urge that you immediately inform the authorities of anyone who solicits monies from you for that purpose,” the release stated.

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Buju Banton Having A Stroke In Prison Reports False

Buju Banton is only months away from being released from prison but there is a major development related to his case.

Ian Thomas, who was arrested with Buju Banton in 2009, was arrested in Florida last week and charged with money laundering and unlawful use of a communications device charges. If you were following the case closely between 2009-2011, then you would have already known who Ian Thomas is. The 51-year-old was arrested with Buju Banton and James Mack and slapped with drug trafficking charges.

Thomas and Mack took a plea deal and was given reduced sentences, but Buju, real name Mark Myrie, fought his charges and lost. The reggae singer was sentenced to ten years in prison for three counts of cocaine charges. The singer says he knew Thomas since he was 19 years old. Thomas and James Mack were released from prison in 2013 and now he finds himself in more legal troubles that could see him spending years in prison.

Buju Banton’s defense support committee says this latest development vindicates the singer and shows that Thomas was not a credible witness. “This arrest shows that he (Thomas) was not credible, and we have always had an issue with that from the get-go,” the committee said. “Here it is he turned against Buju, entered a plea bargain, got a reduced sentenced, and almost immediately after, on his own, he’s found with drugs and arrested. They were the ones caught in the warehouse in 2009. Mark [Myrie] was arrested at his home. It’s clear at this point who was the drug dealer.”

Buju Banton says he was entrapped in a drug deal with police informant Alexander Johnson who claimed that the singer introduced him to Thomas and Mack. The two men were arrested at a warehouse in Miami while trying to make a drug deal. Cops showed a video footage in court of Buju tasting cocaine in said warehouse, but the singer says he was just doing it to make it seems like he was a legitimate drug dealer.

Buju Banton release date is set for December this year. He will also be deported to Jamaica.

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Should President Obama Pardon Buju Banton? Buju Banton

Sources close to the Grammy winner said the 43-year-old is in good health and that the reports are completely false. “Gargamel (Buju Banton) is doing good and the reports are completely false,” sources said.
News started circulating on social media on and some blogs on Saturday claiming that Buju Banton had a stroke and is hospitalized. We checked with the correctional department in Georgia and with the artists reps who also dismissed the reports.
Buju Banton, born Mark Myrie, is currently serving a 10-year sentence for drug traffickingcharges. He is schedule for release from prison in late 2018.

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Did Buju Banton Get A Prison Visit From Jay Z, Diddy & Doug E. Fresh because he is leaving prison early?

President Obama may hold the key to Buju Banton freedom. A new petition was launched on the Whitehouse website is getting a lot of attention.

During his trial, Banton’s legal team argued that he was entrapped into a drug trafficking ring by a paid U.S. informant with a criminal record.

Despite getting a lot of support, it is widely believe that getting President Obama to pardon Buju Banton is still a long shot.

Side note, President Obama is a huge fan of reggae music.

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Jailed Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton warns against Trinidad scam

Buju Banton has received visits in prison from a lot of celebrities but Jay Z, Diddy and Doug E. Fresh are not among them.

The above image have been circulating on a few websites and on social media claiming that the hip hop icons visited the reggae legend in prison recently. That is completely false and the photo is over a decade old.

The pic was taken in June, 2005 when at a launch party for Jay Z’s limited edition Audemars Piguet watch at Audemars Piguet Boutique in New York City. That was long before Buju Banton even dream of going to prison for drug trafficking.

Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, has had his 10-year sentence reduced by a mere 2 months, meaning that he could be released in the fall of 2018.

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Concert promoters in Trinidad and Tobago are being warned that they should not pay funds to an individual posing as the authorized agent for incarcerated reggae star, Buju Banton.

“A certain individual in Trinidad has approached promoters with the false claim that he is the local agent for renowned reggae musician Buju Banton. He has further sought to swindle monies by stating he is authorised to collect funds for a concert being held for Buju Banton in Trinidad during this year.

“We wish to warn the public that it is totally untrue. Buju Banton has not given such rights to anyone in Trinidad. Nor is a concert being organised at this time,” according to a joint statement issued by the Buju Banton Defence Support Committee and his attorney Charles Ogletree.

Buju Banton Sentencing Postponed, Gargamel Issue Statement++Buju As...

Banton is currently serving a 10-year sentence on drug-related charges after he was arrested at his South Florida home in December 2009 and charged with conspiracy to distribute five or more kilogrammes of cocaine.

His arrest followed a sting operation at a Drug Enforcement Agency-controlled warehouse in Tampa, which also resulted in the arrest of James Mack and Ian Thomas, who were attempting to purchase co-caine from undercover agents.

After two trials he was sentenced in a Tampa, Florida court.

However, Ogletree has filed a second appeal in the 11th US Circuit Court on February 4 claiming his client was denied a fair trial due to juror misconduct. Banton has maintained his innocence and says he was entrapped by the US Government.

The attorney has warned that the person who is posing as an agent for the singer could face legal action if caught.

“Anyone seeking to do this would suffer legal consequences. We urge that you immediately inform the authorities of anyone who solicits monies from you for that purpose,” the release stated.

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