News: UPDATE: Buju Banton's Drug Trafficking Hearing Waived, Rapper Transferred To Tampa

Thursday, Dec 17, 2009 3:30PM

Written by Biz Jones

Reggae star Buju Banton appeared before a judge this week for a hearing on drug trafficking charges that resulted in him getting transferred from a Miami to Tampa, Florida district.

According to reports, Banton was in court Wednesday (December 16).

Wearing a beige jail jumpsuit and shackles, Banton, 36, sat expressionless in the front row of the Miami federal courtroom, his trademark dreadlocks pulled back off his narrow face and rolled into a bundle. Occasionally he looked out into the courtroom where, in the back row, his publicist and two members of the local Jamaican Consulate observed the proceedings. The only time Banton spoke was when he uttered his real name and age, and confirmed to U.S. Magistrate Judge William Turnoff that he was indeed waiving his bail hearing in Miami to be transferred to Tampa. (Miami Herald)

He will now be transferred up north to Tampa.

After waiving his bail hearing in federal court on Wednesday, Banton will now be transferred to Tampa, where the indictment was filed. Banton faces the charges with two conspirators who, collectively, are also charged with possessing a firearm while carrying out the drug trafficking offense. (Spinner)

An attorney for Banton shared his comments after the hearing.

"He believes that because the indictment was filed out of Tampa, that's where the case should be defended," Banton's attorney, Herbert E. Walker III, said after the hearing. "He's a very spiritual person. He has a lot of faith in God. He's confident he's going to be exonerated." (Associated Press)

He was taken in by authorities last week.

The four-time Grammy nominee is accused along with two others of allegedly attempting to buy more than five kilograms of cocaine from an undercover law enforcement officer in Sarasota last week. Banton was arrested Thursday at his home in Tamarac. The charges carry a maximum sentence of over 20 years in prison. (Carribean World News)

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