Grime rapper Jukkie, 26, is jailed for nine years

Grime rapper Jukkie, 26, who boasted about his gangster lifestyle in his songs is jailed for nine years for peddling crack cocaine and heroin as part of county lines drugs gang

  • Jukkie, real name Laurent Mondo, was caught with thousands of pounds in cash
  • It was found he took part in purchasing and packaging of Class A substances
  • Grime artist’s music has received hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube
  • Mondo, from Grangetown, Cardiff, was jailed for nine years and four months

Jukkie (above), whose real name is Laurent Mondo, was caught with thousands of pounds of cash when he was arrested in 2019

A grime rapper who boasted about his gangster lifestyle in his songs has been jailed for nine years for peddling crack cocaine and heroin as part of a county lines drugs gang.

Jukkie, whose real name is Laurent Mondo, was caught with thousands of pounds of cash when he was arrested last year.

Detectives later discovered the grime artist, whose music has received hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube, took part in the purchase and packaging of Class A substances.

The 26-year-old has songs including ‘Parcels’ and ‘Addiction’ – the latter in which he says: ‘I been dicing all day/all this white on my hands like icing on cake’.

Mondo appeared before Cardiff Crown Court on Monday and a judge was told that he was part of a County Lines operation called the Lewis Line, which dealt with thousands of pounds in cash every day.

Between June and September 2019, the Lewis Line received more than 100 orders and in excess of £3,000 per day, with journeys taking place between Cardiff and Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and London.

Laurence Jones, prosecuting, said Mondo was first arrested in the Grangetown area in October last year where he was found with around £2,000 in cash and between 10 and 15 wraps of drugs.

The defendant managed to flee the scene with only one handcuff on him, but handed himself into police later that day.

After being released on bail, Mondo, who was also described as a talented footballer, went on to represent Wales in a global six-a-side football tournament.

But he was later arrested for a second time on December 4 last year at an address in Ffordd Y Mileniwm, Barry, where he was found with £5,500 in cash.

The 26-year-old (pictured above) has songs including Parcels and Addiction – the latter in which he says: ‘I been dicing all day/all this white on my hands like icing on cake’

During the hearing, David Purnell, defending, described Mondo as a talented musician and sportsman who had been capped 10 times representing his country in six-a-side football. 

It was heard the defendant had also expressed an interest in gaining qualifications in football coaching or music production while in prison.

Mr Purnell said it was his hope that Mondo could go on to lead an ‘industrious’ future with a ‘good work-life balance’.

He argued that Mondo had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and conspiracy to supply diamorphine ahead of an upcoming trial.

Mondo (above), of Grangetown, Cardiff, was sentenced to nine years and four months in prison. Recorder Elias urged the grime artist to use his ‘ability and talent’ once he is released

Addressing Mondo, Recorder David Elias QC said it was clear the defendant was ‘trusted’ by those that ran the drug operation.

He added: ‘There is no doubt that you played for some time a significant role in this enterprise.’

The court was also told that the defendant’s previous convictions included grievous bodily harm in 2011 and the intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin in 2016.

Mondo, of Grangetown, Cardiff, was sentenced to nine years and four months in prison.

Recorder Elias urged Mondo to use his ‘ability and talent’ once he is released from prison. 

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