BUJU'S CODEFENDANT MAY TESTIFY AGAINST HIM
A codefendant of Buju Banton has agreed to cooperate with the US government as part of a plea deal in his drug case.
Buju, a four-time Grammy nominee, is set to stand trial Sept. 20 along with another codefendant, James Mack, on charges they participated in a cocaine deal in Sarasota.
The third codefendant, Ian Thomas, will plead guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilos or more of cocaine, according to an agreement filed today. The charge carries up to life in federal prison.
Eight days after the scheduled start of the trial, Buju Banton's record company is set to release his ninth studio album, "Before the Dawn," in the United States.
Buju has been held without bail since his arrest on charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine and aiding and abetting his codefendants in possessing a firearm during the course of the cocaine distribution.
Judging by this story appearing on Irie FM's entertainment Buzz page and the subsequent comments some of which are caustic towards the gay community while others question the validity of the witness while others still including mine question the evidence of the footage the Drug Administration has of the gentleman allegedly tasting the stuff.
here are excerpts of some of the comments follow the links embedded to see the full entry on IRIE FM's website.
The drug charge carries a mandatory minimum term of 20 years to life and a fine of up to US$4 million, while the firearm charge five years to life and a fine of up to US$250,000.
The agreement stated that Mack, Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie and Ian Thomas negotiated the sale of cocaine with an informant.
In December last year, Mack and Thomas drove to an undercover warehouse in Saratoga, Florida and attempted to purchase seven kilograms of cocaine with US$135,810 before they were arrested by undercover agents. A search of a Honda motorcar Mack was travelling in turned up an illegal handgun. Last week Thomas signed a similar plea deal.
'Buju' stands alone
Second co-defendant signs plea bargain deal to testify against J’can reggae artiste
'BUJU Banton' is facing further woes after James Mack, the second co-defendant in the drug case against him yesterday signed a plea bargain deal with the United States District Attorney, agreeing to testify against the Jamaican reggae singer.
Mack's deal comes five days after another co-defendant, Ian Thomas, also agreed to give evidence against the four-time Grammy nominee whose correct name is Mark Myrie.