Rapper Nines faces jail after admitting plot to smuggle 28kg of cannabis into UK

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Rapper Nines faces jail after admitting to a plot to smuggle 28 kilos of cannabis into the UK from Poland and Spain.

The MOBO award winner, real name Courtney Freckleton, 31, pleaded guilty to drugs and money laundering charges.

The chart-topping rapper and co-defendant Jason Thompson, 35, were both remanded in custody after admitting the same two charges at Harrow Crown Court.

The pair admitted conspiracy to import the Class B drug cannabis into the UK from Poland and Spain and conspiracy to transfer criminal cash between March 10 and July 3 last year.

However, the duo denied two charges involving conspiring to supply cocaine and cannabis. Prosecutor Genevieve Reed said the CPS will not be seeking a trial on those charges.

The musician, of Moorgate, east London, was remanded in custody until a sentencing date to be determined.

Judge Rosa Dean, remanding the pair in custody, said: "Thank you for those pleas today where you will be given credit.

"There won't have to be a trial.

"Ninety per cent of the groundwork has been done and all that remains is the 10 per cent. You will need to complete a basis of plea that will be sent to the Crown.

"If it is accepted and the judge also agrees, then they will hopefully proceed to sentence."

The pair were arrested in June after police raids across London and Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.

They were part of an operation understood to have stemmed from the infiltration of encrypted messaging service Encrochat.

The network, which was used by thousands of criminals worldwide, was infiltrated by authorities last year after being hacked by French investigators.

All three of Nines' studio albums have reached the top five of the UK Album Chart.

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His last record, Crabs in a Bucket, beat Metallica for number one in 2020.

He was also named best hip-hop act at the MOBO Awards last year as well as getting the award for album of the year, beating Stormzy, J Hus, Lianne La Havas and Mahalia.

  • Cannabis
  • Money
  • Drugs
  • Spain
  • London
  • Courts

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