- Associated Press - Thursday, February 17, 2011

TAMPA, FLA. (AP) - Closing arguments in the federal drug trial of Grammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton have ended, setting the stage for jurors to deliberate on his fate.

The 37-year-old Banton is accused of conspiring with two other men in setting up a drug deal in December of 2009. His album “Before the Dawn” won a Grammy for best reggae album this week, and he remains wildly popular in his native Jamaica.

This is Banton’s second trial; a jury deadlocked in his first trial last year. If convicted of all the charges, he faces up to life in prison.

Every seat in the federal courtroom in Tampa was filled as the lawyers gave their closing arguments; many of the seats were taken by Banton’s friends and fans.

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