“Dapper” rapper video dancer jailed for smuggling cocaine

A music video dancer has been jailed for trying to smuggle cocaine worth £38,000 into Britain.

Jade Cherise Sarwar was caught with a suitcase full of drugs at St Pancras station in London.

She’d boarded the train in Paris after visiting Martinique in the West Indies.

Sarwar – who has appeared in grime music videos with N-Dubz rapper Dappy – was arrested in January.

She said she was carrying the drugs for gangsters Raymond Yates and Elijah Thompson.

Both men from South London were later caught and all were jailed this week.

Sarwar, 25, said Thompson – known as “Flips” because of his short temper – asked her to bring back some designer clothes for him from the Caribbean.

But when Border Force officers looked inside her luggage, they found half a kilo of cocaine.

Sarwar, who pleaded not guilty, was already on a suspended sentence for trafficking Class A and B drugs last year.

She was jailed for six years at Isleworth Crown Court.

Sarwar in Martinique

Christopher Hill from the National Crime Agency (NCA) said:

“The message to anyone tempted to try and make what they think is easy money by drug smuggling, is you’ll be caught.

“The profits can be short lived but the consequences to anyone’s future can be catastrophic.

“Thompson and Yates routinely travelled from London to the South West to sell drugs.

“Our investigation linked the trio together throughout the course of the conspiracy by phone and text messages presenting a very strong case to the jury.

“Working with law enforcement partners we are determined to do all we can to disrupt criminal networks.

“We especially focus our effort on County Lines drug trafficking gangs in London and the Home Counties, who fuel violence and exploitation in those communities.”

Nick Drinkal from Border Force said:

“Our officers involved in this case protected the UK from the serious harm not only caused by the importation of these drugs but also by the violence and associated criminality involved in its supply.

“Border Force will continue to work with our law enforcement partners at the NCA to bring offenders like Yates, Thompson and Sarwar to justice and to disrupt the workings of organised criminal groups in the UK.”

 

 


About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.



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