Buju imprisoned with violent Mexican gangsters

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Buju Banton has been on the move during the first few months of his ten-year sentence on federal drug charges. The iconic dancehall star went from Florida to Oklahoma to Texas, back to Oklahoma, and he will soon be en route to the Federal Correctional Institution in Miami, according to David Markus, Banton's attorney. According to reports, plans to place Banton in a Mississippi prison fell through when authorities discovered that a co-defendant in the case had already been assigned to the facility. Authorities then stowed Banton in a Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City before moving him to a correctional institution in Texas. According Mr. Markus, he was at one of the worst places you can imagine -- a county facility that had been converted to house federal inmates. "The place was used for short-stay Mexican nationals who were going to be deported. It was filled with Mexican gangs. Buju was one of very few black men in there. It was really violent," Mr. Markus said. Both Judge Moody and the Jamaican consulate urged the Federal Bureau of Prisons to move Banton from the Texas facility. Mr. Markus said they appreciate that Judge Moody stood by his initial recommendation that Buju should be in Miami. "And he made a point to comment that Buju is a peaceful person and shouldn't be housed in a violent facility," he said. Mr. Markus said he plans to file an appellate brief with the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta later next month.
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