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According to an Associated Press report, attorneys for the United States government claim Buju Banton was an established drug trafficker before the singer allegedly tried to buy cocaine from an undercover officer in Florida last year.

These arguments were made as the trial against the singer began yesterday.

"Do you have any contacts where I can get cocaine?" Banton asked a government informant, Alexander Johnson, in a recorded conversation, Assistant US Attorney James Preston told a jury in Tampa federal court.

Preston alleges Banton was looking for "more, new and different money through a new conspiracy he was shopping for", in addition to drug deals he already had funded.

Banton, 37, whose real name is Mark Myrie, has been held without bail since his arrest in December on charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine and carrying a firearm during the course of a drug-trafficking crime.

The four-time Grammy nominee faces a possible life sentence if convicted.

Banton's attorney, David Markus, has insisted his client did not participate in any conspiracy to sell cocaine, even if he did talk with the informant about drug deals.

"Yes, Buju talked a lot," Markus said in opening statements. "Yes, he tasted that cocaine. No, he wasn't a drug dealer. He wasn't part of the deal."

Markus said Banton will testify in his trial.

"He's got nothing to hide," Markus said. "The truth is on his side in this case, because he didn't do anything."

Banton and an associate allegedly negotiated with an informant to buy the cocaine. Along with a third man, they reportedly met with an undercover officer in Sarasota, in early December, to buy the drugs. The informant told Drug Enforcement Administration agents that he also saw the singer inspecting the cocaine, tasting the drugs with his finger.

The December 8 meeting was captured on video.

The two co-defendants have pleaded guilty and have agreed to testify against Banton.

Banton, using his finger to taste the cocaine in the Sarasota warehouse, in December, was "the worst mistake of his life," Markus is quoted as telling the jury in the AP report.

He will try to prove that Banton was a victim of entrapment.

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Entrapment.

I dont know how the police over there get away with it. Similar to how TI got busted IIRC?

Feds set him up and his boy snitched on him.

Dont hear about stuff like that so much over here but I wouldnt be surprised if it happens.

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So Buju Banton said "Do you have any contacts where I can get cocaine?"

Throw the case out

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Entrapment.

I dont know how the police over there get away with it. Similar to how TI got busted IIRC?

Feds set him up and his boy snitched on him.

Dont hear about stuff like that so much over here but I wouldnt be surprised if it happens.

Entrapment isn't as simple and obvious as you seem to think,

If he approaches a police officer and attempts to purchase cocaine, that's not entrapment. Even if they approached him, that doesn't have to mean it's entrapment.

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sad to hear. wonder why with all the money he shoudlve made. and his mom died recently as well.

one of his best songs, and among my best ever

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yymONwzP7o

Capre Knows!!

Personal favourite tune right there!

I could go on and on.....

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tbh he ain't got noone to blame but himself

You move loose u go jail

How's man callin a next guy u don't know talkin bout have u got contacts for cocaine

Mad ting

Then ontop of that he decides to go there with his snitch bredrins

SMH

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Entrapment.

I dont know how the police over there get away with it. Similar to how TI got busted IIRC?

Feds set him up and his boy snitched on him.

Dont hear about stuff like that so much over here but I wouldnt be surprised if it happens.

Entrapment isn't as simple and obvious as you seem to think,

If he approaches a police officer and attempts to purchase cocaine, that's not entrapment. Even if they approached him, that doesn't have to mean it's entrapment.

Correct, I never looked it up before commenting.

From entrapment wikipedia. These conditions must be met:

1. The idea for committing the crime came from the government agents and not from the person accused of the crime 2. Government agents then persuaded or talked the person into committing the crime. Simply giving him the opportunity to commit the crime is not the same as persuading him to commit the crime

3. The person was not ready and willing to commit the crime before the government agents spoke with him

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whole case is a joke and a sham

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f*ck boys stay neggin man anonymously

A man called a next guy and asked him "DO YOU HAVE ANY CONTACTS FOR COCAINE"

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THE CALL WAS RECORDED

NEG BUJU

NOT ME

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LOL AT HAVE U GOT COCAINE CONTACTS FOR ME

PMSL MAN NEVER SAID THAT THIS IS A SET UP

srsly

i cant believe he said that

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He was drunk a lot of the time.

I think he may get off. Snitch cant nail him on this case and says no money was invested in the deal Thomas and Mack were busted in. Buju's on cam tasting coke (disgraceful!), but that doesnt mean he had intention to sell. The day he tasted the coke he was under the impression he was going to see a boat. No money exchanged in any deal.

"Didn't Ian Thomas tell you, 'He [Myrie] does not want to do anything man? Talk to me. That's not him. He is about music, he eats and sleeps the music'?" Markus asked, to which Johnson replied 'yes'.

"Mr Myrie did not invest any money in any drug deal?"

Markus asked.

"With me? No," the reply came.

His lawyer said, he's guilty of talking a lot, tasting a lot, but he isn't guilty of dealing.

But I think its a conspiracy to distribute so boy, who knows. He's stupid, tell you that much. I think he was baited, but he f*cked up. Simple

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LOL AT HAVE U GOT COCAINE CONTACTS FOR ME

PMSL MAN NEVER SAID THAT THIS IS A SET UP

srsly

i cant believe he said that

:/ why not

obviosuly not thoose exact words but course he could of said that

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f*ck the judge

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dude was prob high or sutin

n these prosecuters are clutchin at straws

cnt catch the big guys so they find these lil dudes that dnt even seem to know waht theyre doin n try put them up for life to make it seem like theyre actually doing something

f*ck boys

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LOL AT HAVE U GOT COCAINE CONTACTS FOR ME

PMSL MAN NEVER SAID THAT THIS IS A SET UP

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