After eight years in prison, Buju Banton was released yesterday from the McRae Correctional Institute in Georgia, one day earlier from his scheduled release date.

Deportees are usually sent back from the U.S. on the last Thursday of every month but special arrangments were made for Buju, who was flown to Florida on the same day of his release, to board a flight to Jamaica.

In a video posted on social media, Buju was seen boarding a flight, hours later, he landed in Jamaica where excited fans were gathered at the airport to get a glimpse of him.

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The crowd, which started out small, grew gradually after news spread that he was on his way home. However, many were unable to see the superstar artiste as he was transported from the airport via a side gate.

“Mi never know a today him a come. If a that me naah lef, me waah see if him get fat or if him look different from the Gargamel mi last see a Sting,” one man said.

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) recently said its members would not be putting any barriers in front of the reggae superstar when he returns from prison to resume his music career.

“As far as Mr Banton is concerned, we believe that he has done his time, he has paid his price. Let us see what he does with his future. We wish him well,” PSOJ president Howard Mitchell said.

The 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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