Buju calmly accepts 10-year prison sentence.

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Popular Jamaican Reggae artiste, Mark Myrie, more commonly known as Buju Banton received a 10-year sentence this morning in a Florida courtroom.

United States magistrate, James Moody handed down the ruling in the Sam M Gibbons US Court in Tampa, Florida within the last two hours. The internationally acclaimed artiste will now serve his time the FCI prison facility in Miami.

Buju calmly accepted the verdict in front of a packed courtroom which included members of the artiste's family, manager Traci McGregor and his close friend and fellow Reggae artiste, Wayne Wonder. Other artistes and friends such as Delly Ranks and Gramps Morgan attempted to enter the courtroom but were turned away due to the crowd & the fact Judge Moody had already been seated around quarter to 9am.

Buju was convicted this past February of conspiracy to organize a drug deal in a police controlled warehouse in Florida in December 2009. This followed a mistrial that occurred following the first trial proceedings in 2010 & also followed co-conspirators Ian Thomas and James Mack pleading guilty after being held for attempting to purchase cocaine from undercover law enforcement officials. American federal government officials based their case off video and wiretapping evidence which caught Buju tasting cocaine and talking about possible sales points. The gun related charge of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug offense against Buju was dropped.

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