A RAPPER jailed for ‘county lines’ drug dealing brazenly bragged about his crimes in YouTube videos.
Reuben Rose, 25, who sings under the name King Krus, was jailed for eight years for supplying crack, heroin and cannabis across Wiltshire and Essex. After his conviction last December it emerged he had openly boasted about his crimes on YouTube.
In one track, On My Mind, which has had more than 15,000 views, he raps: ‘Building up new trap lines, Gotta get them stacks in, Five lines at one time, What you know about trap king?’
The glossy video, which opens with Rose (pictured) popping open a bottle of champagne, shows him smoking joints and using weighing scales. He adds: ‘No whip [car], no driver? I’ll hop the train, nothing stops this pay.’
County lines involves dealers in big cities being contacted via mobile phone — then using youngsters to deliver the drugs to outlying areas.
Rose, who was said to have kept drugs worth £20,000 at an address he was using in London, was found guilty at Swindon crown court.
In a case at the same court last July, Connor McGovern, 26, was jailed for four years and ten months after he rapped about his county lines network on YouTube. McGovern, who used the name Wishwoodz, had his words used against him in evidence, after rapping: ‘I got a Swindon line, I got a Bournemouth line, chillin’ up in my crib.’
Wiltshire police force, which arrested Rose after a three-year investigation, said the videos glamorise the world of drug dealing for children. But drugs squad boss Det Insp Paul Franklin, said: ‘Rather than just banning the videos, we should be a bit smarter. Only education will get through to some of these kids that this isn’t the way to go.’
Angus Macpherson, Wiltshire’s police and crime commissioner, said: ‘Videos like these are classed as musical entertainment but are also a blatant promotion for knife and drug crime and some youngsters are influenced by the glamour portrayed.
‘However, the videos are a symptom not the cause of county lines and serious violent crime. The reasons why young people choose to follow this are complex and varied and trying to stop it requires work with a number of agencies — not just the police.’