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Buju Banton released from US prison

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BUJU BANTON has been released from prison after eight years at the McRae Correctional institution.

His initial release date was set as February 2019, but was later revised to December 8, 2018.

According to The Gleaner, Banton recently released a statement saying that upon release he only wants to be associated with his craft.

"Having survived, I want to share the good news and strength of my music. I just want to continue making music, which I've devoted my life to. I look forward to the opportunity to say a personal thanks to my fans and everyone who supported me," he said.

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The 45-year-old star was arrested in December 2009, months after he was met by a convicted drug trafficker on a flight from Spain who sought to set up a cocaine deal for him.

Following his conviction in February 2011, Banton was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

Federal prosecutors required two trials to convict the reggae icon, who was targeted and pursued by an undercover federal informant for more than a year.

The Grammy award-winning entertainer was convicted of drug trafficking on February 22, 2011 in Tampa, Florida, 12 days after the retrial of his case began.

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The Reggae superstar arrived at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica where he was immediately taken to the police post at the facility and processed.

Hoards of people arrived at the airport to see Banton, where they chanted and cheered for the star.

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