Informant said he never dealt drugs with BujuWednesday, February 16, 2011
BY PAUL HENRY Crime/court co-ordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
FLORIDA, United States — Prosecution witness in the Buju Banton drug trial Alexander Johnson, testified today that he never made any drug deal with the Reggae artiste on December 8, 2009 when Banton was videotaped tasting cocaine in an undercover warehouse.
Johnson said under under continued cross-examination by defence attorney David Markus that it was Ian Thomas that he brokered a deal with and that it was Thomas who found the buyers for the cocaine for which the men were arrested.
He said Thomas kept changing the buyers and the amount of drugs required. But under re-examination from prosecutor James Preston, Johnson said that Buju was a broker in the deal.
Johnson said Buju never cancelled any deal or never told him that he never wanted to see his drug boat.
He also testified that Banton never told him that he was joking when he said he wanted to finance a illicit cocaine deal.
The trial is now in its third day and is expected to last for one week in the US Sam Gibbons Federal Court in Tampa, Florida.
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