- Associated Press - Friday, February 18, 2011

TAMPA, FLA. (AP) - A jury has stopped its deliberations for the week in the federal drug trial of Grammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton.

After deliberating for most of Friday, the jury could not reach a verdict. Jurors will reconvene Tuesday. Courts are closed Monday for President’s Day.

The 37-year-old Banton was on trial for conspiring with two other men in setting up a drug deal in December of 2009. His album “Before the Dawn” won a Grammy Sunday for best reggae album.

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.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.



TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ A federal jury in Florida will begin deliberations in the drug trial of Grammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton.

The 37-year-old Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, is on trial for conspiring with two other men in setting up a drug deal in December of 2009. His album “Before the Dawn” won a Grammy on Sunday for best reggae album.

Federal Judge James Moody is scheduled to give the jury deliberation instructions Friday morning.

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.

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