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Banton in Hot Water Heads to Tampa

The fate of homophobic reggae singer Buju Banton will be decided in Tampa, Fla.

Recently nominated for a Grammy, Banton was arrested last week and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. Authorities form the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration claim Banton and two others purchased a large amount of cocaine from an undercover law enforcement officer in Sarasota. The Jamaican singer could face life in prison if convicted.

On Wednesday, Banton (real name Mark Anthony Myrie) waived his bail hearing in Miami federal court -- his case is now being prosecuted in Tampa, where he will be transferred.

Banton's attorney said the singer is "completely innocent" of the charges, reports the Associated Press.

The singer has long been a thorn in the side of gay activists because of his song lyrics, some of which advocate violence against gays.

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