Tuesday 21 May, 2019

Buju Banton's management questions timing of cocaine video release

Buju Banton (pictured left) was caught in a cocaine sting. The previously sealed undercover video was released by ABC News on Sunday.

Buju Banton (pictured left) was caught in a cocaine sting. The previously sealed undercover video was released by ABC News on Sunday.

The management team for jailed reggae legend Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton, is questioning the timing of the release of the previously sealed video of the entertainer being caught in a cocaine sting operation.

In a news release, Banton’s handlers said ABC News’ release of the surveillance video just a few months before the entertainer is scheduled to be released from prison raises eyebrows.

“The timing of the ABC report raises many important questions: What purpose does this report serve? Why unseal this dated footage now, when Myrie is preparing to resume his life and career?” his management said in the release.

“And finally, why did an American news network that has previously shown little interest in Buju Banton's life and career chosen to run a lengthy article that omits crucial and readily available information about the case against Mark Myrie?”

The undercover video, culled from Banton's last meeting with an informant, was used as critical evidence in court to convict Banton of two counts for his role in a conspiracy to sell cocaine.

For years, US officials demanded that the video stay under seal, but ABC News appealed to a federal judge and the video has now been released. 

Banton has maintained his innocence, saying he has been posturing and never intended to follow through with a drug deal. 

His management team said he has however made peace with the court's decision and is just ready to return home to his family and restart his career.

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