It turns out that a string of rumours that Buju Banton was released today are utterly false.
Social media was buzzed after allegations surfaced online that the “Hills & Valleys” singer was getting an early release, with some saying the specific date would be today, January 5, 2017.
However, Hype Life Magazine confirms that Buju Banton’s prison release date has not been changed.
Music fans will have to wait almost 2 more years for the Reggae artist to see the streets.
The official release date is currently December 8, 2018 as received from the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ website.
This does represent early release however, as he was previously scheduled to be freed in 2019.
In 2009, Buju Banton, whose birth name is Mark Myrie, was remanded in Miami and charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession of more than five kilograms of cocaine.
He remained in custody until the six-day trial in 2010.
It was declared a mis-trial and he was retried in 2011 where he was found guilty of the conspiracy charge, possession of firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offense and using wires to facilitate a drug-trafficking offense.
Buju Banton was subsequently sentenced the following year, to 10 years and 1 month for the trafficking.
In 2015 the firearm charge was dropped by federal prosecutors.
The trial revealed audio and video recordings of Myrie discussing drugs, drug prices, smuggling and tasting cocaine.
His dealings were with a dealer turned government informant, whom was paid US$50,000 for his work on the case.
Buju Banton’s last performance was in Miami in 2011 to a sold-out crowd.