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Buju Banton and the Behind Bars Reggae Blues; Jamaican Singer to Wait Two More Months for Drug Trial

Federal authorities say Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton attempted to buy cocaine from an undercover officer in Florida.
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Federal authorities say Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton attempted to buy cocaine from an undercover officer in Florida.
Police said reggae star Buju Banton attempted to buy cocaine from an undercover officer in Florida. (MySpace Photo)

TAMPA, Fla. (CBS/AP) Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton was set to go to trial on a federal drug charge next week, but a Tampa judge has postponed the controversial singer's day in court for two months. The trial scheduled for April 19 is now not on the docket until June 21.

U.S. District Judge James Moody gave no explanation for the change.

Banton's attorney said the Grammy-nominated singer, who has been behind bars since Dec. 2009,  wants to go to trial as soon as possible.


Banton, born Mark Myrie, is accused of conspiracy to traffic more than five kilograms of cocaine. He recently argued unsuccessfully to be moved from the Pinellas County Jail because his vegetarian diet needs were not being met and he was losing weight.