Friday, December 7th, 2018
Buju Banton was finally released today after serving eight years at the McRae Correctional institution. The United States embassy in Kingston are tight-lipped about when the 45-year-old entertainer can return to the country, but according to our sources Buju Banton has board a plane to Jamaica. He is scheduled to land on the Island at 7:30 PM this evening.
Video Of Buju Boarding Flight To Jamaica
Buju, born Mark Myrie, was arrested in December 2009 after he was met by a convicted drug trafficker on a flight from Spain who planned to set up a cocaine deal for him. After his conviction of drug trafficking in February 2011, the reggae icon was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
His initial release date was February 2019, but was later revised to December 8, 2018.
Buju Banton recently released a statement making it very clear that his main focus upon his release is his music.
“Having survived, I want to share the good news and strength of my music. I just want to continue making music, which I’ve devoted my life to. I look forward to the opportunity to say a personal thanks to my fans and everyone who supported me,” Buju said.
Family, friends and fans of Buju Banton are ecstatic now that the reggae artist is out of prison in the U.S and back home where he belongs.
Born, Mark Myrie, Buju was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was found guilty of intent to distribute more than 5KG of Cocaine.
The Grammy award winning artist was convicted back in February of 2011, nonetheless he has been released and will reportedly be on a flight back to Kingston tomorrow!
Even though the Jamaican Government has nothing planned Buju banton will still be going home to a hero’s welcome, the most eagerly awaited arrival in Jamaica since Ethiopia’s Emperor Haile Selassie touched down in April 1966.
Jamaica’s culture minister, Olivia “Babsy” Grange, reports that Banton “is now really about, from what we understand, employment of young people. If he can help shape and resocialise young people, that is something we should embrace.”
That said, the government isn’t pulling out any stops. “We can’t give him a hero’s welcome,” says minister of national security, Horace Chang. “He committed a crime.” And yes, Grange agrees, “There’s no getting over the fact that he was convicted, but Buju was loved long before he was convicted and he will be loved just the same, even if he comes home in handcuffs.”
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