MIAMI, FL – According to reports from authorities in Florida, 51-year-old Ian Thomas, one of the men who pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in a case that involved Mark Myrie popularly known as Buju Banton, was arrested on February 16 in Florida, on three charges including money laundering and the unlawful use of a communications device.
Thomas who pleaded guilty in 2011 was given a lighter sentence along with James Mack, who testified that Mr. Myrie was the drug dealer. The two men were released in August 2013. As a consequence of claiming innocence however, Buju’s case went to trial and he was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
With this arrest coming less than five years after Thomas’ release, Mr. Myrie’s defence support committee believes this latest development vindicates the singer and shows that Thomas was not a credible witness.
This arrest shows that he was not credible, and we have always had an issue with that from the get-go. Here it is he turned against Buju, entered a plea bargain, got a reduced sentenced, and almost immediately after, on his own, he’s found with drugs and arrested. They were the ones caught in the warehouse in 2009. Mark was arrested at his home. It’s clear at this point who was the drug dealer. – Support Committe
Mr. Myrie is expected to be released on December 8, 2018, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website, upon which he will be deported to Jamaica along with all the knowledge about Music Business Management he gleaned from reading for his Master’s degree from New York University (NYU).
I can do anything I put my mind to; you know that. People who know me know that I am very determined and will achieve my goals despite hardships. I will not allow the system to conquer me. – Buju Banton
As Buju continues to await his release, event promoters from across the world are lining up to have him perform at their events. According to his former manager Donovan Germain, news of his early release has made Mr. Myrie a highly sought after artists.
People calling me left, right and centre for Buju to do shows. Wi talking ‘bout the Caribbean, Europe. – German