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Buju Banton

TAMPA, Florida (AP) — A judge ordered a Tampa jury to continue deliberating on whether Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton conspired to buy cocaine from an undercover police officer last year.

The 12-person jury sent U.S. District Judge James Moody a note Monday saying they hadn’t reached a verdict because none of them had changed their minds since Thursday, when deliberations began after a four-day trial. Moody had released them for the weekend on Friday.

Banton’s attorney asked for a mistrial, which Moody denied.

Banton is charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine and aiding two others in possessing a firearm during the course of cocaine distribution. He faces up to life in prison.

Banton’s attorney maintains that a U.S. government informant entrapped him.


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