Buju Banton, the Jamaican reggae star whose anti-gay lyrics have drawn international criticism, is in a federal lockup in Miami, facing drug conspiracy charges.
A law-enforcement agent who identified himself as Officer Gonzalez at the Drug Enforcement Administration who spoke with the Sunday Gleaner in an interview said: “He is here … I can’t tell you when he will go to court or anything like that, but yes, he is here facing a charge of possession and the intent to distribute cocaine.”
Buju Banton, real name Mark Anthony Myrie, has been in custody since Thursday and will soon be transferred to Tampa, where the U.S. Attorney is charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilos of cocaine.
Earlier this year Banton was the centre of controversy surrounding his North American tours with the gay community in that country dubbing him a gay basher whose lyrics incite violence by calling for attacking and torturing homosexuals. His song “Boom Bye Bye”, a dancehall hit released in the 1990s, advocates shooting gays in the head and setting them on fire.
The Grammys recently announced that Buju’s “Rasta Got Soul” Album, which was released earlier this year, was up for an award, ever since protest have marred the artiste nomination.