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Banton Guilty of Cocaine Charges

Banton Guilty of Cocaine Charges


Homophobic, Grammy-winning reggae star Buju Banton was convicted of three cocaine related charges in a Tampa, Fla., court on Monday.

A 12-person jury convicted Banton of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine, attempting to possess five kilograms or more of cocaine, and aiding and abetting others in using a communication facility in the commission of a felony. The singer was found not guilty of a gun charge.

The Jamaican performer was arrested with two men in December 2009 after they tried to sell cocaine to undercover detectives in a Florida warehouse. While the two men pleaded guilty, Banton denied the charges. A previous case against Banton ended in a mistrial.

Earlier this month, Banton won the Grammy award for Best Reggae Album. Banton reportedly hugged his lawyer as the verdict was read -- there is no word yet on when Banton will be sentenced.

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