Grammy-award-winning star Buju Banton has been sentenced to 10 years in jail in the US for his role in setting up a cocaine deal in 2009.
The singer, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was told at Tampa federal court that he must serve five years’ probation following prison.
In February the star was convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute it, along with a further drug trafficking offence and a gun charge
Previously the Dancehall artist had insisted in court that he had been merely boasting about the deal, and prosecutors conceded he had never put money into a deal or profitted from it.
Much of the case hinged on video and audio recordings taken by an informant and by Drug Enforcement Administration personnel.
The informant was paid $50,000 after Banton’s arrest in December 2009, along with two others.
One video shown to the jury showed even showed Banton apparently tasting cocaine in a Florida warehouse.
A co-defendant later gave the informant $135,000.