Jamaican singer Buju Banton loses appeal for new trial

The US Court of Appeal has dismissed Buju Banton’s request for a new trial.

Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie is serving a 10-year sentence on drug-related charges after he was arrested at his South Florida home in December 2009 and charged with conspiracy to distribute five or more kilogrammes of cocaine

His arrest followed a sting operation at a Drug Enforcement Agency-controlled warehouse in Tampa, which also resulted in the arrest of James Mack and Ian Thomas, who were attempting to purchase cocaine from undercover agents.

The US Appeals Court granted a request by Banton’s laywers to present oral arguments regarding his efforts to obtain a new trial last August.
However, in a ruling yesterday, the court said it does not have jurisdiction to hear the appeal.

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