Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton has been sentenced to ten years in prison in the U.S. for his part in setting up a cocaine deal two years ago.
Earlier this year, he was convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute, along with another drug trafficking offence and a weapons charge.
He was acquitted of another charge for attempted cocaine possession
The Tampa, Fla. federal court told the Grammy-award winner, whose real name is Mark Myrie, that after his prison term, is over he must then serve five years' probation.
Prosecutors, however, admitted that Banton never invested any money into the drug deal nor derive any profit from the transaction.
This was actually Banton’s second trial on these charges – the first trial ended last September with a hung jury.
Banton was arrested in December 2009, along with two other suspects. Much of the evidence against him came from a paid informant as well as agents of the Drug Enforcement Agency.
The Dancehall artist won a “best reggae album” Grammy earlier this year for his record Before the Dawn.