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Reggae star Buju Banton free on bail in Florida

Thursday, November 11, 2010
FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2003 file photo, Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton poses at the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards in Miami. The Drug Enforcement Administration on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009 said that Banton was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. (AP Photo/Yesikka Vivancos, File) 
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FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2003 file photo, Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton poses at the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards in Miami. The Drug Enforcement Administration on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009 said that Banton was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. (AP Photo/Yesikka Vivancos, File) (AP)

Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton is out of jail in Florida to await his retrial on federal drug charges after a son of reggae legend Bob Marley posted his home as bond.

Banton was released Wednesday. He signed an extradition waiver, and he must wear an electronic monitoring device and pay a private security team to ensure that he does not flee the country. Stephen Marley used his South Florida home to bail Banton out.

Banton is accused of conspiring to buy cocaine from an undercover officer. He was held without bail after his arrest in December.

The singer stood trial in September, but jurors said they could not reach a verdict and the judge declared a mistrial.

Banton's attorney said he was thrilled Banton could regroup at his Miami-area home before his retrial, scheduled for February.

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