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Reggae singer Buju Banton convicted of drug charges

Reggae star Buju Banton was convicted by a jury on three drug and weapons charges Tuesday. Banton was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and using the wires to facilitate a drug trafficking offense.

According to MTV.com, the jury took 11 hours to convict the Grammy-award winning singer. This was Banton's second trial on the drug trafficking charges. In November, the Jamaican-born singer's trial resulted in a hung jury. Banton's defense attorneys plan to appeal and will try to get their client released on bond while he awaits sentencing.

Banton was arrested in December 2009 along with two other alleged co-conspirators. Banton was videotaped by a paid informant tasting cocaine from a shipment that Banton was charged with planning to buy with the intent to distribute the drugs. Undercover agents also recorded conversations with Banton regarding the purchase of a shipment of cocaine.

Banton has steadfastly proclaimed his innocence and has argued that he is a victim of entrapment. He says that he was only going along with the plan to try to impress the man because the informant had told him he had connections in the music industry and implied he could help Banton's career. Banton said he had no intention of actually buying or selling drugs.

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Grammy Award Winner Buju Banton Found Guilty On Drug Charges (MTV.com)

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