Buju Banton had a good run as one of the most popular reggae/dancehall. His career was disrupted in 2011 when he was locked up for charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offense and using communication wires to facilitate a drug-trafficking offense. Banton (government name Mark Anthony Myrie) was sentenced to ten years and one month in federal prison. He is currently serving his time in McRae Correctional Institution in Atlanta. However, according to the Bureau of Prisons website, Banton will be released earlier than expected.
Banton was scheduled to be released in January 2019 (his gun charge was dropped by the US Attorney’s Office in Florida after he waived all rights to appeals last year, according to Urban Islandz), but the BOP website indicates that he will be released in December 2018. It’s just a month or so difference, but any time shaved off counts.
The DEA first charged Banton in 2009 with conspiracy to distribute more than five kilos of cocaine. Is September 2010, his trial ended as a mistrial, after the jury failed to reach a unanimous decision. During the trial, audio of Banton and a dealer-turned-snitch discussing cocaine, prices and smuggling tactics. He was also caught on video tasting coke taken from a kilo while meeting the informant in a police-controlled warehouse. Banton was released on bond that November, but a new trial was scheduled for February 2011, after prosecutors won reindictment.