Notorious drill rap artist Digga D, 23, admits dealing cannabis after his home was raided by armed police on Instagram Live

A notorious drill rap star who live-streamed his arrest has admitted dealing cannabis in his latest brush with the law.

Digga D, real name Rhys Angelo Emile Herbert, entered guilty pleas to two drugs charges during a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old, of Lonsdale Road, London, appeared in court via a video-link from Wormwood Scrubs prison where he is in custody.

Wearing a grey Nike top and jogging bottoms, Herbert pleaded guilty to a charge relating to the importation of cannabis on or before 11 July, 2023.

Herbert also admitted a second charge of supplying cannabis to others between October 2022 and 21 February this year.

Digga D, real name Rhys Angelo Emile Herbert, entered guilty pleas to two drugs charges during a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court on Tuesday

Digga D, real name Rhys Angelo Emile Herbert, entered guilty pleas to two drugs charges during a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court on Tuesday

The drill artist, whose tracks have been listened to by millions, was arrested at a property in Bracebridge Heath near Lincoln in February while broadcasting on Instagram Live

The drill artist, whose tracks have been listened to by millions, was arrested at a property in Bracebridge Heath near Lincoln in February while broadcasting on Instagram Live

The court heard Herbert's basis of plea - that the drugs were largely for himself and given to others on a 'not for profit basis' - was not acceptable to the prosecution.

Judge Simon Hirst adjourned the case for further reports to be submitted by prosecution and drugs experts.

A further hearing will take place at Lincoln Crown Court in July when Herbert will learn if a trial without a jury - known as a Newton Hearing - is required to decide the level of his involvement.

'In the meantime you remain remanded into custody,' Judge Hirst told Herbert.

The drill artist, whose tracks have been listened to by millions, was arrested at a property in Bracebridge Heath near Lincoln in February while broadcasting on Instagram Live.

At a hearing earlier this month the Crown Prosecution Service was given eight days to consider the guilty pleas indicated by Herbert.

At the hearing Herbert's barrister confirmed the artist would enter guilty pleas on a basis that he imported three kilos of cannabis, largely for himself, with some sold to other cannabis users on a not for profit basis.

James Scobie KC told Judge Hirst: 'In his business, which your honour may or may not know is music, he is surrounded by a large number of cannabis users, this was not for profit.'

A further hearing will take place at Lincoln Crown Court (pictured) in July when Herbert will learn if a trial without a jury

A further hearing will take place at Lincoln Crown Court (pictured) in July when Herbert will learn if a trial without a jury

Mr Scobie said Herbert was a 'very busy professional musician and singer' and is due to perform a 'large number of dates later this summer'.

At a hearing last week, his lawyer urged the court to deal with his drugs charges 'sooner rather than later' so he can continue performing.

Drill rap is a genre of urban music which originated in Chicago but has been linked with drugs and gang violence.

In 2018, Digga D was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for his part in planning a brutal knife brawl with a rival gang.

In his sentencing, the judge issued an order banning him from releasing tracks that describe gang-related violence, in an effort to curb further escalation.

The BBC was previously criticised for filming a documentary with the rapper after he was released from jail for his role in the machete brawl which took place in front of shoppers in London.

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