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Reggae star Buju Banton appeals drug conviction

     Grammy-winning reggae star Buju Banton claims in an appeal of his federal drug conviction there was not enough evidence to prove he was involved in a cocaine conspiracy.     The appeal filed Friday by attorney David O. Markus also says Banton was relentlessly pursued by a federal informant seeking a $50,000 government payday. Markus says that resulted in improper entrapment. Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is serving a 10-year prison sentence following his February conviction on cocaine conspiracy and trafficking charges. A related gun charge was tossed out by a judge.    Banton is extremely popular in his native Jamaica and won a Grammy for his latest album shortly before his drug conviction.    It will likely be months before the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issues a decision. Associated press

Buju Banton sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for drug traficking

       G rammy-winning reggae star Buju Banton on Thursday was ordered to serve 10 years and one month in federal prison for a conviction of cocaine trafficking.

Grammy award winner, Buju banton convicted of cocaine case

       Grammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton was convicted on tuesday of conspiring to set up a cocaine deal in 2009, a verdict that elicited anguish and disbelief among supporters in a crowded courtroom and from other artists in his native Jamaica.