- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 16, 2011

TAMPA, FLA. (AP) - Attorneys for the U.S. government have finished presenting their case against Grammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton.

Prosecutors questioned a confidential informant, a police officer and an evidence analyst in Tampa federal court Wednesday. The informant has testified that he chatted with Banton about the cocaine trade over drinks on a Madrid-to-Miami flight in 2009.

This is Banton’s second trial on several cocaine charges. The first trial ended in September in a mistrial after the jury deadlocked. If convicted, the Jamaican star faces life in prison.

Defense attorney David Markus says there’s no evidence to link Banton to any alleged cocaine deal. He began calling witnesses Wednesday afternoon.

Banton is expected to testify.


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