Incarcerated Buju Banton Receives Support From Label
Since being arrested on drug charges earlier this month, acclaimed reggae artist Buju Banton has spent his time incarcerated while still awaiting trial. The BoomBox previously reported that Banton was arrested on Dec.10 after authorities raided his home and took the singer into custody. Undercover agents put together enough evidence to charge Banton with the conspiracy to possess and distribute more than five kilos of cocaine.
However, his record label and family are firmly standing behind the man who is easily one of the most influential artists in reggae music today. Tracii McGregor, president of Banton's current recording home, Gargamel Records, recently spoke to CaribWorldNews.com and broke the silence on his current legal case. "This is Buju and we're going to get him the top legal representation there is. We are ready to fight!" exclaimed McGregor.
After waiving his right to a bail hearing, Banton still remains in a Miami federal prison. McGregor also revealed that the lawyer who represented Banton in his initial court appearance after being charged is no longer acting as his attorney. His defense team has not yet been selected with McGregor making sure that Buju will receive the best possible legal representation. If convicted on these drug charges Banton faces 20 years to life in federal prison. Despite these shocking charges his latest album 'Rasta Got Soul' remains nominated for the 2009 Reggae Album of the Year Grammy. His label also plans to continue supporting Banton's musical career by releasing several music videos that were filmed prior to his arrest.