Buju Banton forced to drop appeal

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buju-banton-photo-8.jpgMembers of Buju Banton's Defense Support Committee are suggesting that the reggae and dancehall entertainer was pressured into an agreement to drop any further appeals of his conviction.

Reports are that Buju has now reconciled to serving out his sentence and being deported back to Jamaica in January 2019.

New reports that Buju Banton was recently freed of a gun charge and given an early release date are said to be inaccurate.

While the gun charge against Buju was dismissed in 2013 when the reggae entertainer was being represented by the late attorney Chokwe Lumumba, Music News understands that the prosecutors had plans to bring back the charges if Buju persisted with his appeal.

Back in 2013, Judge James Moody overturned the gun conviction on the basis of a revelation, that jury foreman Teri Wright had defied his orders and conducted research on the entertainer during the trial. Even though Judge Moody dismissed the gun conviction he left the door open for the prosecutors to retry Buju Banton for the offence.

The gun in question - a 9mm pistol - was found hidden in a secret compartment of a car being driven by Buju's co-accused James Mack who, along with Ian Thomas, was arrested and charged after they attempted to purchase a large quantity of cocaine from Drug Enforcement Agents in a Government-controlled warehouse in Tampa, Florida.

Buju Banton was arrested at his Florida home by US Marshalls in connection with drug trafficking in 2009. He was found guilty after two trials in a Tampa Court.

Buju has already served almost 6 years of his 10-year sentence.