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Buju Banton on the move, being transferred to new location

Published: Friday August 30, 2013 | 11:23 am Comments 0
Buju Banton – File
Buju Banton – File

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Convicted reggae superstar Buju Banton has been transferred from the Florida federal prison where he has been serving a 10-year sentence.


His final destination is still unknown, but the Grammy-winning entertainer, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is now at the Federal Transfer Centre (FTC) in Oklahoma City.

A spokeswoman at the Federal Bureau of Prisons this morning declined to discuss the reasons for the transfer or divulge which facility he is being transferred to.

"As a matter of policy, we don't discuss that," the spokeswoman told The Gleaner.

According to the Bureau of Prisons' website, the FTC is an administrative facility that houses male and females holdover offenders.

Buju was convicted on drug charges stemming from an attempted drug deal in 2009.

A Florida judge recently dismissed his appeal for a new trial, but the entertainer has already served notice that he will continue his fight to overturn the conviction.

Buju's 10-year sentence started December 2009, his projected release date according to the Bureau of Prisons' website is March 2019.

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