A “drill” rapper who bragged about his drug dealing in songs and music videos has been jailed for selling crack cocaine and heroin.
Olusogo Ajewole, who performed as B-Levelz, ran a drug line around Basildon, Essex, selling Class A drugs.
While wearing masks and balaclavas, the 33-year-old bragged in his videos that he had made large sums of money recruiting “young people” to sell him drugs.
In his lyrics, Ajewole even makes reference to how specialist drug operatives would come after him, saying, “Raptor makes me nervous”, a reference to Essex drug operatives working as Operation Raptors.
The drill music drew controversy for its often violent and nihilistic lyrics, and was blamed by judges for escalating gang violence.
Police used the rapper’s music videos as evidence provided to the prosecution following a five-month operation to bring him down.
In December 2020, officers raided Ajewole’s home and found the criminal in his living room sitting on the sofa, next to a set of digital scales and cocaine being prepared for sale. The drugs had a street value of around £5,600.
Police also found a jar of coins containing around £3,000.
Ajewole appeared at Basildon Crown Court on April 1, 2021 and was sentenced last Friday after admitting to conspiring to supply crack cocaine and heroin.
He was imprisoned for five years and eight months.
His associate Shane Butcher, 20, of Chevers Pawen, Basildon, was found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years.
Scott McCormack, 24, was also arrested in connection with the investigation and admitted conspiring to supply crack cocaine and heroin. He has not yet been sentenced.
“Nothing glamorous in drug trafficking”
Essex Police Detective Inspector Scott Fitzmaurice said lyrics and boasting in the videos played a part in the rapper’s downfall.
He said: “Ajewole was literally caught red-handed and the evidence we had gathered against him over five months of investigation meant he had no option but to plead guilty.
“He ran the H line, with Butcher and McCormack as trusted associates, and employed runners to sell the drugs to customers.”
He added, “Ajewole glorified the lifestyle of a drug dealer in his music videos, bragging about selling drugs and making money, and using young boys to sell drugs.
“But the truth is that there is nothing glamorous about drug trafficking and what it depicts in these videos is child exploitation, needless violence and the selfish pursuit of making money from the back of the misery of others.”
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