The undercover video evidence which lead to the conviction of Buju Banton has been released just seven months ahead of his release.
For years, U.S. officials demanded that a key piece of evidence, the undercover video from the Reggae star’s last meeting with the confidential informant, stay under seal, hidden from public view.
However, ABC News appealed to a federal judge, and the video has now been unsealed.
It offers the most complete account of how the 44-year-old entertainer, real name real name Mark Myrie, ended up in a U.S. prison, convicted of two counts for his role in a conspiracy to sell cocaine.
The tape, which is dated December 8, 2009, shows the “Wanna Be Loved” singer tasting what appears to be a pinch of cocaine.
Banton can be seen taking a lick of a dab of the illicit drug from his finger.
“I like it,” he says in the undercover footage.
He is being held at the McRae Correctional Facility in Georgia. The artist is slated to be released on December 8 and deported to Jamaica.
Buju Banton is known around the world for his aggressively gruff voice and bursting stage manner while his songs such as “Pull It Up” and “Bonafide Love” remain a staple on American radio like Sirius-XM.
In the past year alone, music megastars Rihanna and Sean Paul have openly expressed support for him.
“Today I went to check Buju Banton, the great legend,” Sean Paul said in a video he posted online in October after visiting Banton at the McRae Correctional Institution in Georgia.
“He’s in great spirits.”
Banton won his first and only Grammy on Valentine’s Day 2011.