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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Reggae star Buju Banton set for April trial

TAMPA - Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton is scheduled to stand trial on federal drug charges in April, court documents show.

Authorities say they videotaped Banton trying to purchase cocaine in a Sarasota warehouse in December. Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, claims he is a victim of entrapment.

Banton was nominated for best reggae album at this year's Grammy Awards but did not win.

His attorney, David Oscar Markus, filed a motion asking for a definite April trial date to give witnesses time to make arrangements to fly to Tampa from Jamaica and to allow Banton's Miami defense team to make hotel and flight reservations.

U.S. District Judge James Moody granted the motion and scheduled the trial for April 1. In addition, U.S. Magistrate Thomas Wilson has scheduled a hearing March 4 on several motions filed by Markus.


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