Buju Banton arrested on drug charges - and he's coming back to Tampa

The controversial gay-bashing reggae artist Buju Banton (right) has been stirring up controversy throughout his U.S. tour, and Tampa Bay was no different: The Cuban Club drew heavy criticism in October for hosting his show after two other local venues bowed out.

Now Banton is coming back  to Tampa — but this time at the invitation of the U.S. Attorney's Office. According to a report today by the Miami Herald, Banton (real name Mark Anthony Myrie) was arrested in Miami Thursday on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilos of cocaine, and the U. S. Attorney will be transferring him here. A report in the Jamaica Observer quotes a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration official saying that the singer was arrested "on a case based in Tampa."

His fans await. But will he be able to make it to the Grammys?

Scroll to read more News Feature articles
Join the Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.


Join Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected]