Drug gang that bragged about their crimes in music videos convicted
A gang of drug dealers who bragged about their crimes in rap clips have been convicted after the footage was used as evidence against them.
Rapper Jeff Onuh, who uses the stage name “VI,” referred in the lyrics to paying for “Da Vinci’s (designer) teeth” using money he made selling cocaine, saying said Essex Police.
In a video clip, the 27-year-old and two other gang members, Leon Frroku and Dylan Mills, appear to discuss running a Class A drug line.
The three men are seen in the footage handling large sums of cash and passing packages to other men.
Onuh refers to his phone “jumping” and needing “more credit” to send messages.
Frroku and three other men, Chay Maguire-Baker, Kieran McNamara and Paul Harding, admitted conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and were sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on Wednesday, Essex Police said.
Onuh was found guilty after a trial and was sentenced along with the others, the force said.
Mills, who was the main holder of the line, was sentenced in July 2021 to three years and eight months in prison for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and possession of criminal assets.
The line supplied Class A drugs to Southend, as well as Bournemouth, Dorset.
When questioned during his trial, Onuh claimed that he regularly took other artists’ lyrics and passed them off as his own.
He claimed to have no idea what the lyrics meant, but a jury rejected his account.
Essex Police said specialist officers were able to show ‘overwhelming how each of the men was connected to the drugs line using a variety of policing tactics’.
Onuh, from Peckham Rye, south London, was jailed for seven years and six months.
Maguire-Baker, 27, from Peckham, south London, was jailed for seven years and six months.
McNamara, 23, from Bournemouth, was jailed for two years and eight months.
Harding, 39, from Southend, was jailed for 18 months.
Frroku, 19, from Shoebury, was given a 21-month suspended prison sentence, two years of which was suspended.
Mills, 22, from Southend, was convicted last year.
Detective Inspector Scott Fitzmaurice, of Essex Police, said: ‘We were able to prove beyond doubt that these men played various roles in the supply of Class A drugs to Southend and even Bournemouth.
“The evidence we were able to gather left the vast majority of them no choice but to admit their guilt.
“Onuh, however, tried to lie to get away with it.
“He claimed to have no knowledge of Class A drug supply; he said he stole lyrics to his rap songs from other artists and passed them off as his own; and even more incredible, he pretended to have no idea what those words meant.
“Fortunately, the jury in his trial saw through his lies and excuses and found him guilty.”