Buju Banton friend and fellow reggae artist Stephen Marley and Gramps Morgan today took the stand to testify on behalf of Buju Banton, who is facing the battle of his life in Tampa, Florida.
The two renown reggae stars gave character evidence on Banton’s behalf, where they gave similar account of Banton’s personality.
Marley and Morgan descirbed Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, as voice of Jamaica and a person who did all he could to uplift the people of Jamaica. They spoke of their trust for the Grammy winning artist and that they did not know him as a drug dealer.
Buju Banton also took the stand today, where he testified that he is no drug dealer.
Buju Banton, previous trial ended last September in a mistrial, after jury in the case could not reach a unanimous verdict. His second trial began on Monday (February 14) in the Sam M Gibbons Federal court in Tampa, Florida.
Banton is being tried for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine; attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offence; and using the wires to facilitate a drug trafficking offence.
If convicted, Banton faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment and fined up to US$4 million.