British rapper Nines has been jailed for importing 28kg of cannabis into the UK from Spain and Poland. The famous musician, real name Courtney Freckleton, 31, and Jason Thompson, 35, were both sentenced to 28 months.
The couple had previously pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering charges. Sentencing them both at Harrow Crown Court, Judge Rosa Dean said: “What a waste of all that talent, to be sitting at Wormwood Scrubs.”
Last year, Nines topped the UK album charts with their record Crabs In A Bucket and was named Best Hip Hop Group at the Mobo Awards. The court heard that the couple were involved in a successful offer to import the class B drug, while another attempt was also made.
Prosecutor Genevieve Reed said the money laundering charge was linked to a debt of £ 98,000, the value of the drugs and the use of Bitcoin to buy cannabis. Some of the cannabis was imported into boilers imported from Poland to the UK, the court said.
Nine, from Barbican, in central London, and Thompson, from Barnet, north London, were arrested in June after raids in London and Borehamwood in Hertfordshire. The operation would result from the infiltration of the encrypted messaging Encrochat.
The network, which has been used by thousands of criminals around the world, was infiltrated by authorities last year after being hacked by French investigators.
Father of two Nines, who was known as the “Big Boss” by his fellow conspirators, had previously been jailed for 18 months for possession of cannabis with the intention of providing it.