A drug lord serving 27 years behind bars is laughing in face of justice by showing off his £3,000 gold Rolex watch and luxury designer shirts that he wears in prison.
Playboy cocaine dealer Babs Arogundade, 29, flouted a ban on bling by wearing a Datejust Rolex, a golden medallion and a silk shirt by designer Versace.
He took the pictures from an illicit camera phone and a friend posted them on Instagram with the caption ‘free BP’ – an allusion to the gangster’s nickname.
‘The pictures show how much respect he has for the prison system – none. He’s laughing at the authorities.’
The source also speculated that Arogundade was running the prison and that he was living the high life behind bars.
A Prison Service spokesman said:
‘We are investigating these images. Any prisoner found to have breached our rules will be punished and may be referred to the police for further investigation.’
Before he was jailed the drug baron owned a Bentley, lived a life of luxury and regularly splashed out thousands of pounds on champagne and expensive jewellery including diamond-encrusted Rolex watches.
Arogundade, of St John’s Wood, North London, was convicted last year of conspiracy to supply drugs and possession of firearms. He was caught when police found an arsenal of guns he had stashed in a woman’s car including four shotguns, a loaded Smith and Wesson handgun and a Winchester rifle when they raided the vehicle during a surveillance operation focusing on Arogundade’s criminal lifestyle.
Also in the car they found a package containing a kilo of 74 per cent pure cocaine, which is said to have a street value of £200,000.
Weighing scales, plastic bags containing 1.22kg of crack cocaine and cutting agent were later found at an associate of Arogundade’s address in Wembley.
DailyMailUK reports that jailing Arogundade at the Old Bailey, Judge Anuja Dhir said:
‘The court heard… about your lifestyle, which involved luxury cars, a Bentley and a Maserati, a collection of expensive watches, which were found, a Rolex and equally expensive brands, and a collection of diamond-encrusted jewellery.
‘As to the guns. You stored those guns in the car of someone I am satisfied that you took advantage of the fact she had recently broken up with her boyfriend and was more vulnerable than usual.
‘I have no doubt you are not just a drug dealer, but somebody with a leading role in an organisation involved in supplying multi-kilos of Class A drugs.
‘You have a charismatic personality and you were able and you did encourage and persuade others to help you in your criminal activities.
‘I have no doubt that some of them did so for very little personal gain and without knowing the full extent to which you were including them in serious criminal activities.
‘Some of them, formerly of good character, were drawn to you because of your personality, women who regarded you as a friend. You took advantage of that trust.’