Grime video gang member jailed for five years
A man banned from appearing in YouTube clips glorifying gun and drug crime as part of an innovative Gang Injunction secured by West Midlands Police has been jailed after officers caught him dealing crack cocaine.
Jodecie Daley, from South Road in Erdington, plays a leading role in several ‘grime’ videos uploaded by “23 Drillas” in which members of the Birmingham street gang aim coded threats to rival groups.
In the videos Daley claims to have “links for the skengs” – meaning contacts to get firearms – two hands on the “click” which is a reference to a gun, and threatens to shoot anyone who gets “caught slipping” or straying onto their patch.
Last September the 22-year-old was banned from appearing in future gang videos and warned he faced jail if he breaches that condition or others imposed as part of the injunction granted at Birmingham County Court.
But unemployed Daley is now behind bars after armed West Midlands Police officers stopped an old Vauxhall Corsa in Washwood Heath Road on 10 January and found him inside with 54 wraps of crack cocaine in a ‘man bag’ across his shoulder.
He went on to admit possessing drugs with intent to supply and at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday (8 Feb) was handed a five-year prison sentence.
Another passenger in the car, 19-year-old Corey Magnus, was found with a lock-knife and sentenced to 40 months in a youth offenders institute having also admitted a burglary on 7 March last year in Julia Avenue, Pype Hayes.
West Midlands Police Chief Inspector Nick Dale, from the force’s Gangs & Organised Crime Unit, said: “The gang violence and crime that’s emerged in the last year is caused by a small core of teenage males and men. We would estimate not many more than 50…but they are causing understandably concern in our communities.
“Members of the public can rest assured that we are onto these individuals and we will do everything in our power to disrupt their activity and, should they refuse to break away from a life of crime, take them out of society.
“Gang Injunctions are one way of controlling the behaviour of people we believe are linked to organised crime. They come with conditions like exclusion zones, non-association with other suspected gang members or sometimes creative ones like Daley’s grime video ban.
“Our officers know which men are subject of injunctions, recognise them on sight, and will arrest them should they breach any of the terms.”
The injunction also prohibited Daley – who uses the street name ‘Ojay’ – from associating with three other named gang suspects, possessing more than one mobile phone or SIM card, and driving any cars that have not been registered with the police.
It also came with an exclusion zone which means large swathes of north Birmingham, plus the Arcadian Centre, were off limits to Daley.
Last August, 18 men from two Birmingham crime gangs were served with injunctions banning them from entering large parts of the city and associating with each other.
It was the largest group gang injunction ever secured in UK policing history.
Chief Insp Dale added: “Daley has convictions dating back to May 2011 – when he was just 15-years-old – including for theft, public order matters and weapons possession.
“He has been overseen by our Offender Managers but refused to engage with intervention programmes or schemes aimed at diverting people away from crime.”
Magnus, from Lyndhurst Road in Erdington, stole £2,000 worth of jewellery – including a diamond engagement ring – during the 7 March burglary.
A neighbour alerted West Midlands Police and a police dog tracked from the house to a rear garden in Humberstone Road where Magnus had ditched items of clothing worn during the break-in.
A pillowcase full of valuables was also recovered nearby and officers reunited the victim with all of the stolen possessions.
Forensics experts found Magnus’ DNA on a beanie hat found in a distinctive jacket pocket – the same one CCTV showed was worn by the offender – and he went on to admit burglary.
He was handed a 32 month detention order for that offence plus an additional eight months for possessing the lock-knife.