Born with the real name Mark Anthony Myrie on July 15, 1973 and now more popularly known to the masses as Buju Banton was imprisoned on drug charges in 2011 in the Sam Gibbons US DistrictCourt in Tampa and has been languishing in a federal facility, serving a 10 year sentence.
Buju was arrested at his Tamarac, South Florida home in 2009 after United Staes authorities accused him of taking part in the purchase and sale of cocaine. He was captured on video tasting cocaine in a government-controlled warehouse in Tampa, Florida.
Speaking with the Jamaica Observer after his 10-year sentence was handed down in 2011, Banton stated that he was attending classes inside the Pinellas County Jail in Tampa and planned to attain a master’s degree by the time his federal sentence is served. “I am already going to classes. I have passed the acceptance test and I will be studying political science and economics. I hope to get a master’s by the time I am released,” said Myrie. Buju has Graduated from the University of New York on June 7, 2016 and earned his Masters Degree In Music Business Management.
This announcing of this achievement comes days after it also made public that due to good behaviour, the Jamaican reggae superstar may have slashed about three years off his sentence as he was due to be released in 2019 but may see the sun by as early as September this year.
Sources close to Myrie have been tight-lipped and have refused to comment on the issue.
He is serving time in the McRae Correctional Institute in Georgia as inmate number 86700-004.