Buju Banton found guilty of cocaine charge

Buju-BantonImage Credit: Reuters/Steve Nesius/LandovBuju Banton, né Mark Myrie, has been found guilty of conspiring to deal cocaine, the Associated Press reports. The reggae singer, who was convicted in front of fellow musicians and other supporters, was accused of brokering a deal in Dec. 2009. After 11 hours of jury deliberation, he was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and using the wires to facilitate a drug trafficking offense.

Banton just picked up a Grammy last Sunday for Best Reggae Album for Before the Dawn.


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  • Omar

    Couldn’t have happened to a worse guy. Hopefully he goes to jail and runs into some of the gay people he despises so much.

    • jasmine

      Are you kidding me you ass, who the hell do you think you are, you know nothing about music or humans, cause obviously your not significant.
      Get a life and stop criticizing who you dont know.

      • tcc

        Jasmine I don’t want to criticize someone I don’t know (like you just did) but Buju Banton has incited violence at his own concerts. I am sure you are a highly “significant” person if you are defending hate-filled, drug addicts. Bob Marley is probably spinning in his grave for what Buju has done to reggae music.

      • jonny blake

        tcc the man advocate our music to another level so i knw you cant be a jamaican and being jamaican born doesnt make u jamaican the man as uplift our music

      • O’Snap

        I don’t know who Buju Banton is, but his boyfriend is cute.

      • @Jasmine

        I am all for not judging but Buju Banton has made it his business to criticize people he does not know. I strongly believe you treat people how you want to be treated, so you can’t fault anyone for calling him out on his hate and violence.

      • JUST M

        qNice3

      • denihie

        Its those individuals who are quick to point out the negative in something, case in point….trying to make light of a situatuion thats still an abomination against the most high… this kid omar is whats called “AHO” Japanese for dumb ass

      • Adil

        Hi. please believe me you DO NOT know any thing about reggea musica.. if realy want to know listen to bob marley’s song witch is I shot the sheriff, and then you overstand that violance..

    • Nay

      Really be carefully with the words you chose to say.

      • Nay

        This comment us meant for Omar

      • JohnP

        Why? Druggies going to revenge with the rabbid violence his music speaks of?

      • Al

        Y should Omar be careful, he’s getting just what he deserves. He is a hypocrite, say one thing and do another. God is wide awake.

      • ricket

        the jurey was gay buju had no chance

      • luc ocxon

        Buju Banton is upper than criticizing,your turn will be coming up soon .

    • michael

      Whoever you are. You are judge and jury. So much for bringing peace on earth and forgiveness.

    • Melody Scraper

      That’s why Jamaica is like that. Christianity all the way. No gay

      • jonny blake

        no gays jamaica have the right principle proud to be a jamaican

      • Yadigme1

        SMH..LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL! On a serious note.. that man has a family, everybody makes mistakes. Get better brotha God Bless.

      • tcc

        And by like that I assume you mean a cesspool of a country, with a corrupt government and one of the lowest GNP’s, poorest living standards and biggest gap between the rich and the poor of any nation. Am I right?

      • jamaicanmad

        tcc go and suck you mother and move with u nasty self if u had jamaican principle probably you wouldnt be getting hard at men did you father have sex with another man to bring you on earth

      • jamaicanbyright

        tcc go and suck you mother and move with u nasty self if u had jamaican principle probably you wouldnt be getting hard at men did you father have sex with another man to bring you on earth

      • yardii

        tcc go and suck you mother and move with u nasty self if u had jamaican principle probably you wouldnt be getting hard at men did you father have sex with another man to bring you on earth

      • SatJ

        The bible condemns fornication. Why don’t you hate on people who have premarital sex too? Or are we supposed to believe Buju Banton is a virgin, following the word of God himself? Didn’t Jesus say “let him without sin cast the first stone”? Advice from Jesus that Buju has not followed, yet you “Christians” defend him? I hope none of you gay haters eat shellfish because that is also an abomination according to your book. HYPOCRITES!

      • bawlout

        Bap bap

    • chabby

      yuh ah must ah batty man or have batty thoughts

    • doc

      Hope it happens to you instead sucks omar

    • jonny blake

      gays shouldnt be allowed to live the bible it self fights them out so y should man go against the rules of the lord our saviour and say its acceptable the artist said ntn wrong…prayers go with you my artist thanks for the work you contributed to the upliftment of our music bom bi bi ina a batty bwoy head

      • Tom

        You need to read the rest of the OT. Christ didn’t speak a word of this, and you trying to turn him into some Prince of Death is certainly more “wrong” than breaking a gender expectation.

      • jonny blake

        tom the words were taken from the scriptures gays shouldnt be allow to dwell on this land how can a man look at another man and get aroused even science proves that alike things shouldnt attrack

      • jamaican

        tom the words were taken from the scriptures gays shouldnt be allow to dwell on this land how can a man look at another man and get aroused even science proves that alike things shouldnt attrack

    • Bobby’s Robot

      The responses on this board are truly horrifying. So much hate for people they’ve never met, and then blaming it on their God. Shame.

      • Kay

        Blog as much as u want & advocate your immorality. Your words are of no consequence, only what God thinks matters. All that mouth u got now but u better hope & pray, despite what the Bible says, that you are right. Otherwise, fire bun fi u & all u fren dem fassie.

      • Tom

        @Kay

        You are not one to talk. People like you spit on the very message and purpose of the bible. You just using it for violence and greed.

      • Angel of Wrath

        It’s not surprising to see so much support for a drug dealer from a culture that claims Christianity, but in fact worships only Ganja. You’d think that since they are all high all the time they’d be more mellow, but I guess not. I suppose when you live in dirt and filth, making a living begging for coins from American tourists, what else have you got to do. Certainly not learning to read or write, based on the grotesque bastardization of what I assume is supposed to be the English language found here. Now go ahead and call me Batty and wish me dead. God will indeed judge the wicked, it just won’t be who you think.

      • jonesy

        For all of you ignorant folks he charged with intent to sell cocaine and they have him on video. He’s going to jail and don’t feel sorry for him. He didn’t care about his family when on video tasting cocaine. Probably was selling for long time just got caught.

    • Kay

      How about u stop judging Buju and worry about when your day of judgment comes, hope & pray that God agrees with u that it’s perfectly fine to be gay. If God is anything like u, you’re doomed too judgmental fool!

      • Tom

        The only condemnation of gay is a specific OT levitical rule that applied to an old group of Jews that doesn’t exist anymore. The rest of the bible is absolutely clear however to condemn, MANY times (including in the 10 commandments), Buju’s prescribed violence / murder. It certainly isn’t too keen on the drug thing either.

        Buju lives about as opposed to a biblical lifestyle as one can get.

      • tcc

        Tom forgot to mention that the same passage in Leviticus forbids the wearing of garments of mixed fiber. Let’s hope Kay doesn’t wear any poly-blends or you will be the one praying for your, so called, salvation.

      • jamaican

        how can a man be attracted to another man and note kill him self

      • Kay

        Don’t worry about my salvation, I’m good. FYI, although I do not agree with it, I also don’t hate or judge people based on their sexual orientation. Interesting tho that many of you who are quick to try & point out that the Bible doesn’t prohibit your homosexual behavior are going to hell anywayz on other grounds…food for thought the next time ur down on ur knees.

      • Kay

        Don’t worry about my salvation, I’m good. FYI, although I do not agree with it, I also don’t hate or judge people based on their sexual orientation. Interesting tho that many of you who are quick to try & point out that the Bible doesn’t prohibit your homosexual behavior are going to hell anywayz on other grounds…just food for thought the next time ur down on ur knees.

      • yardii

        and the man that as a woman and leave from her vagina and penetrates her ass is worst than the gay cause a ass hole is still an ass hole and the minute u put it over the vagina you have converted and stop eating it its not edible,… nasty

      • Clarity

        Have any of you read the Bible?

        Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

        Gays, Lesbians – WRONG
        Violence advocates – WRONG
        Fornicators – WRONG
        Liars (self included) – WRONG

        It is by God’s grace that we live and by Christ death and our belief in His resurrection that we will be saved.

        If you’ve left God out of your life, don’t include Him in your posts!

        God is not a God that is mocked!

    • Dior

      TO YOU OMAR,
      You are nothing of a man, how dare you speak about a strong black man like that, go set your insufficient self-down somewhere.

    • Tashana

      thats not a nice thing to say Omar, everybody in their has the right to like or dislike whatever they want… thts f*@ked up..

    • Carmel

      Boom bye bye…must have been written 4 u

    • Well…

      Maybe the jail time and solitude will give him time to reflect on his sins of hate and suggested violence. Do him good.

      Or maybe a 7ft tall German named Klaus will teach him how to be a true lady. From batty boy killer to batty boy! The irony will be delicious!

      • Empress

        Battyman

      • Empress

        Well you is really a battyman

      • Well…

        I am a loud and proud homosexual yes, so you can call me battyman or whatever you like. I strongly oppose the calling for murder of anyone for something they are… and your little reggae man has had his comeuppance. Justice? It’s just been served.

      • papashante bushman

        dem shud ban and shoot all de batty bwoy

    • sammi

      Your obviously an idiot. Buju has some of the most uplifting songs ever. He speaks of what he sees and what we as Jamaicans go through. He’s no hypocrite as some people keep saying if he was he would have given up when they simply want to look him up because he’s anti gay. But no the man stood by what he believed and if that’s makes him the worst… Your an ignorant fool.

      • Bongz

        Most of us dont like hormosexuality we just tolerate it,so let it be but in the end we all have to answer to the one above us!

    • Nick

      Battybawy shut up. I wish it had happened to you so u. Jamaican don’t promote or support gays. Bob Marley sings Man to Man is unjust and everyone loved it.. so shut the hell up

    • Jamaica

      You must be a battybwoy for you to say such a thing!!

    • Jamaica

      Well the battybwoys got their verdict!! Guilty!!! This is what they wanted!! Not because of gun or cocaine or conspiracy of anything.. All because he sang about the nastiness of men having sex, dig inna battyhole.. America full a dem so u all wanted to see h go down.. It’s not over because the song will be played and now that he’s I’m jail a now it ago play!! Boom bye bye inna batty bwoy head rude bwoy nah promote batty man…
      Buju you will be ok u have the support of all ur Jamaican people and international fans.. Wi luv u

      • Khabari

        To all the batty boys that are trying to hate on Buju and wishing bad on him, worry about your own a$$ and the sin you commit everytime you let somebody up in it! Buju is so very loved by us Americans and his Jamaican people that we don’t care what you disgusting batty boys say, if anyone tries to harm Buju they gonna get F#$%ED UP, because believe it or not, Buju got fans in lock up too, so do somthing and see what happens! Many prayers to Buju and his family!

      • shyshy

        well this one yanky girl who definitely love buju to the max and my all time favorite song is and always will be BOOM BYE BYE – but the drug charge i care not to response just wanted him to be found innocent

    • LOL

      Who is this? Never heard of him.

    • gunshot fi dem

      Some people up here should just shut the f#%* up because you hardly even know anything about him and most of your opinions dont even matter any way. BOOM BYE BYE INNA BATTY BWOY HEAD RUDE BWOY NAH PROMOTE NUH NASTY MAN DEM HAFFI DEAD!!!!! BAP BAP BAP DAT WI SEH! And who dont like it ( I will put this in english) GO AND SUCK YOU MOTHER. str88888.

      • bawlout

        I endorse rude bwoy to di worl!!!

      • gunshot fi dem

        true tings mi fren god know.

      • papashante bushman

        shoot dem wit de uzi

    • jesel

      Dat jus wasn’t call for Omar..if ur gay ur gay everyone has a right of freedom of speech..

    • bawlout

      I would like to run into you batty bwoy

    • free buju

      read romans chapter 1 verses 7 through 12. the lord instucts us to dispise them. homos just want to justify their gay ways- he wont bump into them in hell.

    • omardarealist

      BOOM BY BY IN A BATTY BOY HEAD!RUDE BOY NAH PROMOTE DEM NASTY MAN!!

    • Real

      4uk you, you a**hole You must be gay to say some sh*t like that.

    • juds

      Yes Mr Omar, i do not expect anything better from you, because you have taken so much penis up yours, no wonder you cant think straight.

    • Sage1

      Your comment is impregnated with illiteracy. So typical of people of your ilk. Sad part is, you do not even know how ignorant you are.

      He who knows not and knows not that he knows not is a fool; avoid him.
      He who knows not and knows that he knows not is a student; teach him.
      He who knows and knows not that he knows is asleep; wake him.
      He who knows and knows that he knows is a wise man; follow him.

      Attributions: Persian apothegm, Sanskrit Saying

    • tttt

      omar where do you live i have something for you

    • Bluehefner

      in 1988, aged 15, he first recorded the controversial song, “Boom Bye Bye”, which contained homophobic lyrics.[2] The song was written in response to a widely reported man/boy rape case in Jamaica. IGNORANCE IS BLISS

    • Ruckus

      You must be one of those batty boys he was speaking of
      The man is entitled to his beliefs so are you ,so don’t hate!

  • Bobby’s Robot

    He’s a hate-monger and deserves what he gets.

    • Melody Scraper

      You must not judge for only God should judge

      • jonny blake

        god did juge them read your bible Leviticus 20:13 (New International Version, ©2010)

        13 “‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

      • Bobby’s Robot

        I’ll judge anybody who advocates stabbing gay people to death. Let him rot in jail.

      • sad but true

        @Melody: thats Bull$hit. There is no God. No invisible man in the sky to judge people.

        just sayin

      • Kendall

        @jonny blake

        You speak of Old Testament levitical rules for ancient Israelites like you yourself follow any of the other ones. Stop trying to play pretend Christian if you are going to throw out JC.

      • Clarity

        You all need to find a Bible. Sexual immorality is also confronted in the New Testament – they’re not separate from each other.

        Here let me help you’ll understand:

        Read Romans 1:20 coming down…

        Romans 1:20-33 (New Living Translation)

        20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

        21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.

        24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. 26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.

        28 Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. 29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. 30 They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. 31 They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. 32 They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.

      • sad but true

        @Clarity: please stop pushing your beleifs on others…. thanks

        You are not “right”. Religion by definition, cannot be right or wrong.
        According to MY beleifs, you worship an imaginary friend and are in need of serious help. I only tell you this because you are so intent on reciting lines from a fictional book, and passing it off as fact

    • jay

      you are definitely a battyman

    • Empress

      Go an suck your mother battyman

  • jasmine

    I am deeply saddened by all of this. To me Buju Banton has made a significant contribution to reggae on a whole. I am a Jamaican and i am hurt. Long live buju i will always keep you in my prayers.

  • fanofbujub

    u guys are haters ! no gains for gays ! free bujuuu

  • Maurren campbell

    Keep the faith. And ur head high.jah no man put under

  • crissan

    Not because he sings about gays and he is homophobic means that you all have to belittle the man…that is his opinion and how he interprets what is happenning, i have nothing against gays its their lifestyle and that is what they choose if Buju want to sing about them because he doesnt like what is happenning let him…if you gay are doing what you doing to yourself go ahead the only person who you’ll and buju face is GOD….do not judge…..

  • Tassia

    Who da hell are u omar, judging from ur comment I bet ur gay, buju deserved none of this. Will alwz b in d prayers of us jamaicans.

  • Nay

    No one ever sees the good people does but as soon as something bad happens ppl want to criticize. We must think before we speak

  • Collette Stephen

    I know Buju have a lot of controversial songs about gays, however, I love him as an artist. We have to understand that not everyone will accept Gays, that’s just life in general. I have a lot of Gays friends but I don’t hate Buju for being assertive, he speaks his mind and it is all good. First Amendment!

  • shaolin

    Buju was a defender of the faith, a true artist with conscious lyrics that touched people all across the globe. His words of wisdom will always remain and will continue to be heard.
    There are still many more who will continue to despise battyman like Omar and Bobby, give thanks for that. One god, one aim, one destiny.

    • sallysuelee

      you use the words God & despise in a di same breath… mind di holy ghost nuh come fi you too… hatred is a dark place to be

    • Tom

      How in any way was Buju a defender of faith? He lived about as far from a NT biblical lifestyle as one could get. Certainly not anything Christlike.

  • Al

    I have no sympathy for this dude, he acts like he’s so conscious and know right from wrong, god don’t like ugly. You made your bed now lay in it fool. I hope u get f..ked by all those homothugs in jail Mr. Homophobe hmm!!

    • Melody Scraper

      don’t you see this is a setup by the gay family and associates because Buju refuse to take back his word on gays. Beene man took back his word and he is accepted but Buju is not like that. He is not afraid to speak about evil gays same thing in the bible

      • live up

        I support what you are saying.It is not fair.

      • SatJ

        What about all the love Jesus spoke about? Jesus did not curse out the prostitute, he stopped others from attacking her. “Vengeance is mine, says the lord”. “Love your neighbor as yourself”. I used to be a christian so I know what the bible says. I can’t stand how people pick and choose what benifits them and harms other people and ignore the other parts of the bible. And you think you are better than us who don’t live our lives based on a storybook? Very funny

    • Michelle

      You are very ignorant. I guess your mother never told you that you should not say anything if you have nothing good to say.

      • Melody Scraper

        thanks for being not ignorant fool

  • Michael G

    I agree with not commenting about someone when you don’t Know them, but when you play with fire, watch out, you will get burnt. He was convicted by a jury of his peers. I wish nothing bad for this great musician!

    • Kay

      “…convicted by a jury of his peers.” Are u kidding me? First of all, Buju’s peers are in Jamaica, NOT here. A black American can hardly get a fair trial in this piece, let alone a black foreigner. You are either caucasian or very out of touch with reality, which in some ways are one in the same.

    • Royal Black

      what peers how is his opressors his peers

    • Royal Black

      dont get it twisted this is all racism. label you as a the worse and then make up charges that dont even exist to further incriminate an innocent man. i know their tactics all too well to be fooled by people screaming he is violent or he recites violent lyrics.fact is i dont see how someone should face 15 to life and he didnt kill anyone or physically abuse anyone,and cops in new york can kill an innocent man and get away scotch free

  • sallysuelee

    Oh puleeze… people sing and deejay all kinda things but live them life a different way.. Buju went in to a warehouse full a cocaine with the intention to sell it.. and him get caught… for every action, there is a reaction.. its called the law of karma

    • daisyj

      Or, in this case, the law of Florida.

    • doc

      The hell with sallysuelee this person is full of sh#t like you never made a mistake in life

    • sammi

      kmt… everyone knows buju was tried and found guilty cause he anti gay. The whole thing was a damn set up cause he wouldnt take back his gay lyrics. smh

    • Royal Black

      ur an idiot if you think this has anything to do with karma. this was a plot fabricated by our oppressors to get rid of buju, but instead of just killing him let him pay some high bail and lawyer fees and then incarcerate him.Basically drain him and then throw him away

  • Melody Scraper

    How can a judge tell the jury not to come back without a guilty verdict and deny the testimony of people who know that Buju was innocent. What kind of bias is this? That is not a fair trial.

    • doc

      I hope that there will be an appeal this whole case stink this jurors were racist people that didn’t care about the man

    • Royal Black

      he never stood a chance,how long will they kill our prophets while we stand aside and look

      • Royal Black

        who is to charge these people for conspiracy to kill off the human race

  • Roger

    I am very distressed by this development. I hope the sentence he gets is not the maximum. I pray that he remains strong. I grew up with Buju Banton. He is my favourite reggae artist. His music is real and will last the ages.

    • Adil

      Yes, that’s right.. and for me he is my favourite singer at all after Bob marley.. I hope that you agree to be my friend…

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