Buju Banton has touched down in Jamaica after being released from Georgia's McRae Correctional Facility on Friday, December 7. The reggae and dancehall star spent close to 8 years behind bars for drug trafficking charges. Banton was met by crowds of fans when he landed at Norman Manley Airport in Kington, Jamaica.

The artist already has plans for his next moves, one of which is set to help the youth of his country find employment opportunities, according to Jamaica's minister of culture minister Olivia “Babsy” Grange. New music is also headed towards his fans. The entertainer released a statement last month to that effect via social media.

“In light of the adversity I have encountered, I feel the need to stress that my only desire going forward is peace and love. I only want to be associated with my 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.”

Banton was convicted in 2011 and sentenced to a decade in prison following his Miami arrest in 2009 on charges of possession and conspiracy to distribute of more than five kilograms of cocaine.