Archive for the ‘jail’ Tag
For an internationally renowned singer and reggae star, more used to partying and concerts and drugs, 10 years is indeed a long time for Buju Banton to spend in a Florida jail. But he’s reported to have took the news calmly and he was lucky in a way as the judge threw out an extra gun charge. So it could have been worse. He said in a statement, “The days that lie ahead are filled with despair, but I have courage and grace and I’m hopeful, and that is sufficient to carry me through, the man is not dead. Don’t call him a ghost.”
So Vybz Kartel has been in a police cell now for nearly a week and set to stay there for another month. From what I can see, it’s over gang activities in the Portmore area where he’s from.
Recently when I was in JA, I bumped into these guys who film music videos and they were really hating on Kartel big time. It seemed to be more of an issue for them since the death of Oneil from Voicemail. As I have said on this blog before, I have seen the links between dancehall artists and gangs before, but Kartel and his camp are the subject of a lot of rumours. I can’t say how involved he is in this shooting or this beating.
But what I can say is, it’s hard to be a dancehall artist and not have a gun or be part of a gang which offers some protection and status.
Bounty Killer was arrested on April 5th, 2010 , for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend of 3 years. He is reported to have used his one phone call to ring her up and threaten her. It’s a sad indictment for the artiste – how come they all have to end up in jail? He was released on Friday April 16th after 10 days and was seen in church with his mother.
Now it’s come out that the police allowed in groceries for him whilst he was locked up. It’s another small way that highlights how easy it is to bribe the police.
Buju Banton was charged in Miami for trying to buy 5kg of cocaine from an undercover police.
Buju’s attorney is denying the charges on his behalf but Buju is looking at very serious charges indeed. He could get up to 20 years in prison if he gets convicted for trying to deal those drugs.
The Drug Enforcement Administration in the US, said that Buju was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute the drugs.
The Gleaner reports that he was wearing a beige jail jumpsuit and his dreads were tied back. He’s accused with two other people.
His supporters are calling it a fix – up, details of what happened are up on the LATimes blog. They print some interesting details about how Buju arrived in a car with a “Jah One” license plate and how the negotiations for the cocaine started in a restaurant and more details here on MTV.