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Buju to spend his time in Texas

Published:Monday | September 26, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Buju Banton

News of where internationally acclaimed reggae superstar, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton will serve his time has broken.

According to, a website that has consistently followed the artiste and his legal battle, announced yesterday that Banton will officially serve his time at a prison in Texas.

The site explained that Banton, who had been listed in transit on the Federal Bureau of Prisons website, "will begin serving his 10 year sentence at the Limestone County Correctional Institution in Groesbeck, Texas."

Banton was apparently flown to the Federal Holding Centre in the neighbouring state of Oklahoma last month.

Change in location

Initially, it was thought that Buju would be moved to a correctional facility in Mississippi. The change is said to have come because one of Buju's co-defendants was already serving time in Mississippi, prompting a move to the medium-security prison instead.

Buju is expected to serve the remainder of his time, which was recently announced as ending on February 1, 2019 at the Limestone County Correctional Institution.

In February Buju was sentenced to 10 years in prison following convictions on three drug-related charges, which were handed down after a sting operation conducted in Miami, Florida in December 2009.

According to the courts, on the second time of asking, the Destiny singer was guilty of conspiring to organise a cocaine deal in a police-controlled warehouse. The guilty verdict came a day after Buju won his first ever Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. He will not be allowed to record songs during his time in jail.