Buju guilty

BY PAUL HENRY Crime/court co-ordinator henryp@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 | 2:37 PM    

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FLORIDA, USA – Reggae star Buju Banton was found guilty on three charges by a 12-member panel of jurors a short while ago at the United States Sam M Gibbons Federal Court here in Tampa.

The artiste was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilogrammes of cocaine, of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offence and using the wires to facilitate a drug-trafficking offence.

However he was found not guilty of attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.

The artiste hugged his lawyer David Markus when the verdict was read.

Many of the artiste's supporters left the courtroom crying. He has been detained and has had his bail revoked..

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