UPDATE: Mistrial Declared in Reggae Star Buju Banton’s Drug Case

Reggae Dancehall entertainer Buju Banton will have to spend more dollars fighting for his freedom after a jury deadlocked, failing to come to an agreement on the drug conspiracy charges. A Florida judge declared the mistrial after the 12-member jury had trouble reaching an agreement. The jury began deliberating last Thursday after a four-day trial. Buju Banton took the stand last Tuesday (Sept. 21), denying allegations he attempted to buy cocaine from an undercover, insisting he lied about the purpose to deal illegal substances to “impress” his new comrade. Banton claimed undercover officer Alexander Johnson struck up a conversation about drugs with him and he boasted about fake plans to become a dealer in a bid to “impress” the informant, who he believed had good contacts in the music. Banton has been held without bond since his arrest last December 10. His attorney is asking the judge to release Banton on bond. A new trial will begin in December.

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