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Buju Banton set free, arrives in Jamaica

Reggae star Buju Banton was released from a federal prison and made his way back to his home in Kingston Jamaica.

The singer, who spent 10 years in federal prison, was released early Friday morning (December 7).

“He was released from prison early this morning, and he is moving fast to be transported to Jamaica, so expect him on Jamaican soil within hours from now or tomorrow the latest,” a source said while requesting anonymity.

We’re told that Buju Banton was transported to Florida where his flight will leave from to Jamaica. The “Driver” deejay was sentenced to ten years in prison for a 2011 drug trafficking conviction. He went on to lose several appeals all while maintaining his innocence.

In 2015, Buju Banton decided that he would stop fighting and serve out his full sentence. The judge dismissed a gun charge that could’ve potentially added more time to his sentence in exchange for him dropping his appeals.

In a message sent to his fans last month, Buju Banton says his sole focus will be his music and his supporters.

“In light of the adversity I have encountered, I feel the need to stress that my only desire going forward is peace and love,” he wrote. “I only want to be associated with my craft. Having survived, I want to share the good news and strength of my music. I just want to continue making music, which I’ve devoted my life to.”

The Grammy Award-winning reggae artiste arrived in the island of Jamaica hours after release to a thunderous welcome from thousands of people.

Scores of people had gathered outside the exit of the airport hoping to see the Grammy Award-winning singer, however, reports reaching OBSERVER ONLINE are that the entertainer was routed through another exit and taken to the police Harman Barracks for processing.

Buju Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, was arrested on cocaine charges in 2009 and given a mandatory 10-year sentence in 2011.

He was previously scheduled to be released in 2019, however, his release day was last year changed to December 8, 2018.

Days after his conviction, Buju Banton won a Grammy Award for his album Before Dawn. His other albums include ‘Til Shiloh (1995), Inna Heights (1997) and Unchained Spirit (2000).

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