A BRAZEN drug dealer jailed after being snared by Instagram pics showing off his Champagne lifestyle could be facing a longer sentence – after posting on social media behind bars.
Levi Watson posted a range of boasting snaps on the social media site, featuring Lamborghinis, Rolex watches and baths full of cash.
Watson was sentenced to seven years in prison last week after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
But less than a week after being sent to prison, Watson posted on Instagram again, saying he ‘smiled’ at the judge who sentenced him as well as promoting a rap video.
And he could now be facing a longer spell behind bars for his “unacceptable” behaviour, while his account has been shut down by the Ministry of Justice.
A Prison Service spokesperson said: “This behaviour is unacceptable. This social media account has been shut down and the offender could face extra time behind bars.
“We are determined to do all we can to prevent prisoners having access to mobile phones and we are stepping up measures to find and block them.”
Watson, from Wolverhampton, was jailed for his role in a drugs ring supplying cocaine and heroin in a huge bust by West Midlands Police.
Dealers in the ring were sentenced to more than 130 years behind bars between them.
In snaps and videos posted on his Instagram page, which has more than 4,500 followers, Watson regularly boasted about his lavish lifestyle abroad – despite telling cops he had no steady income and lived in Wolverhampton.
Pictures from six weeks ago show the drug dealer enjoying a helicopter ride and posing on the bonnet of a white Ferrari.
Another snap shows him relaxing in a bubble bath surrounded by £20 notes.
It is a criminal offence to take a mobile phone into prison or use such a device to transmit sounds or images from within a prison – offences which carry a maximum penalty of two years in jail.
The Ministry of Justice said legislation has been introduced to allow prisons to use signal-blocking technology, while body scanners and high sensitivity metal detectors are also used.
Further legislation is also being introduced to allow for court orders compelling mobile network operators to disconnect illicit mobile phones being used in prison.
One featuring three watches wrapped around a Porsche Panamera gear stick is captioned: “Have you seen a 100k well if you haven’t this what a hundred k plus look like.”
He also shows off a gold watch surrounded by Jamaican thousand dollar bills, captioned: “When you’re sitting on over quarter of a million but you tell them it’s pennies.”
Despite being jailed last Friday, Watson has been posting on his Instagram account as recently as Tuesday evening.
One post shows him with rapper Bobby Shmurda and the gloating caption: “They gave me Shmurda years, I smiled at the judge when he said 7.”
He was making reference to Shmurda, from Brooklyn, USA, who last week was also sentenced to seven years in prison for conspiracy and gun possession charges.
Watson also poses with Premier League footballer Andre Gray, who plays for Burnley, in Marbella.
The footballer is currently facing a misconduct charge relating to homophobic tweets four years ago – and was praised by drug-dealing Watson for winning the Championship player of the year last year in one post where he described him as “family”.
As well as his Instagram exploits, Watson has also had several rap music videos made under his music name Prezi.
His most popular song about drug dealing and bathing in money, entitled Hell’s Kitchen (Gordon Ramsay), has been watched more than 27,000 times on YouTube.
Watson, from Park Village, Wolverhampton, was jailed for his drug dealing last week, alongside 12 others.
He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Richard Chapman, aged 22, from Park Village, Wolverhampton, was sentenced to five years while Adam Whiteley, 35, of Oldbury, was sentenced to eight years.
The other 10 sentenced were from Birmingham and Nottingham, including ring leader Asmirald Miraka, 25, from Margaret Grove, Harborne, who was locked up for 16 years and three months.
Detective Constable Warren Moore, from West Midlands Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “This was a sophisticated operation involving large amounts of cocaine and heroin.
“Drugs can ruin lives and communities and these sentences should act as a strong warning that those involved in such crime will feel the full force of the law.”
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: “Hopefully the memory of his cash-filled bath and pink champagne will keep him warm at night while he spends the next seven years behind bars.”
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