By Brad Wete
Updated June 23, 2011 at 08:33 PM EDT
Buju Banton
Credit: Reuters/Steve Nesius/Landov

After being found guilty in February for conspiring to deal cocaine, reggae superstar Buju Banton (né Mark Myrie), 38, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, Yahoo reports.

The Jamaica native was given the lowest sentence possible for his crimes, conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, and using a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking offense.

“The days that lie ahead are filled with despair, but I have courage and grace and I’m hopeful, and that is sufficient to carry me through,” he said in the statement. “The man is not dead. Don’t call him a ghost.”

Prior to being found guilty in February, Banton scored a controversial win at the Grammys for Best Reggae Album for Before the Dawn.

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