Basildon boring music artist jailed in drugs investigation

A boring music artist who used his music to brag about drugs in Basildon has been jailed for over five years.

Olusogo Ajewole, who played as B-Levelz, ran the H line, which sold crack cocaine and heroin in the Basildon area.

In his music videos, Ajewole wears a mask or balaclava and brags about earning large sums of money by obtaining “youngsters”. [young people] sell drugs for him.

His songs also express the fear of being followed by the police while the lyrics also say: “Raptor makes me nervous.”

A number of his music videos were used in evidence that was submitted to the Crown.

Officers from Essex Police’s Op Raptor carried out a five-month investigation into the drugs line, which resulted in warrants being executed at a number of addresses in Basildon, Vange and Purfleet, in December 2020.

These included his recording studio in Vange Park Road and his home in Caspian Way, Purfleet.

When officers broke into the 33-year-old’s home, they found him in the living room. Digital scales and crack, which was being prepared for sale, were on the sofa, where he was sitting.

The drugs had a street value of around £5,600 and a jar of coins containing around £3,000.

He pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply crack cocaine and heroin when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court on April 1, 2021.

He was sentenced to five years and eight months in prison on Friday January 21.

His partner Shane Butcher, 20, of Chevers Pawen, Basildon, was found guilty after trial of two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and given a two-year suspended prison sentence 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.

Detective Inspector Scott Fitzmaurice, of Op Raptor South, said: ‘Ajewole was literally caught in the act and the evidence we had compiled against him over the course of five months of investigation meant he was not had no choice 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.

“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.”