THREE gangsters who posted a rap video on YouTube boasting about drug dealing and guns have been jailed for almost 40 years.
Remi Carty, 20, Shaun Barnhurst, 21, and Kyle Esty, 22, attracted 49,155 followers with their professionally made online video using the name DizzMrFlip.
The trio committed a string of crimes across the West Midlands between 2016 and January this year. They were jailed for a total of 36 years nine months at Birmingham Crown Court.
The court heard Carty, of Stourbridge, first came to the attention of police in 2016 when he was caught with a loaded pistol in a fast-food restaurant.
He was jailed but when he was freed on licence police raided a house in Northfield in September 2018 and CCTV showed him fleeing the property in his socks.
Officers found a large quantity of class A drugs, a loaded 9mm pistol, a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition in two bags in a shed in the rear garden. Fingerprint analysis also connected Carty’s friend Barnhurst.
Two months later firearms officers stopped an Audi S3 driven by Barnhurst at his home address in Acorn Gardens, Stirchley, and found 71 wraps of heroin and a lock knife.
A search of a grey Seat Leon parked on the driveway at the property also revealed a sawn-off shotgun which had been stolen in a burglary in Warwickshire six days earlier.
Detectives from the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) also seized crack cocaine, heroin and a large quantity of cash.
Barnhurst was arrested and a man who fled the vehicle as officers approached was later identified as Carty.
Police later caught Esty collecting items from a wheelie bin at Barnhurst’s address and between November and January 2019 he made several street-level drug deals.
He was arrested on January 29 this year and found to be in possession of 90 wraps of class A drugs with a larger quantity found at his home address in Northfield, along with cash and a drug dealing kit.
Police discovered the trio appeared in a notorious rap video under the name DizzMrFlip on YouTube on August last year.
The music video features Carty pulling up to a mansion in a Mercedes and rapping with a half-naked model about guns and drugs. Barnhurst and Esty also star in the video along with around a dozen others waving around large wads of cash.
Det Ch Insp Ronan Tyrer, from ROCU, said: ‘This has been a protracted investigation but diligent phone, investigative, CCTV and forensic work showed these three were all acting together in this criminal enterprise of conspiring to supply drugs and, in the case of Carty and Barnhurst, possessing firearms.
‘They had a friendship spanning many years, which was evidenced on their mobile devices, including the YouTube video where they rap about shootings, cash, drugs and the police.
‘Carty and Barnhurst were childhood friends and went to school together. But that friendship evolved into criminality and I am pleased with the sentences handed out today, which will put a stop to their activities for the foreseeable future.’
Carty and Barnhurst both received 15-year sentences and Esty was jailed for six years and nine months