Controversial Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton was taken into U.S. federal custody in Miami on Thursday, the AP reported.

Banton is facing a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, drug enforcement officials said. If convicted, Banton faces as many as 20 years in prison.

Gay activists who oppose Banton for his anti-gay lyrics pressured venues to reject the reggae singer earlier this year. Tour dates in Columbus, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Orlando and Los Angeles, among other cities, were canceled as a result. Florida was the final leg of Banton's U.S. tour that ended in November.

Banton's 1992 hit Boom Bye Bye advocates for the murder of gay men by shooting them in the head with a submachine gun and pouring acid on them to “burn him up bad like an old tire wheel.” Banton has dismissed the controversy, saying he penned the lyrics when he was “a child” of 15. But the thirty-six-year-old reggae artist has never repudiated the lyrics and continues to perform the song.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is protesting a Grammy nomination for Banton's tenth album, Rasta Got Soul.