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brum chart star faces trial on drugs charges.

Byline: JEANETTE OLDHAM Investigations Editor

AB I R M I N G H A M chart star has been charged with drugs offences including being concerned in supplying crack and heroin.

Top grime artist Saphan Robinson's music is regularly played on Radio 1 and he has performed at sell-out shows across the country.

He was arrested in a police operation and has been charged with being concerned in supplying Class A drugs heroin and crack cocaine, and possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

The 26-year-old grime star is known as SafOne - or Safone - and has a huge online following.

In each of the last two years he has been included in music magazine polls of the Top 20 grime artists.

Best known for 2015's She Wants A Man From Brum, he also appeared on P. Money's 10/10 Remix hit last year.

And his music was played before a concert last month by BRIT Award winner Stormzy at the O2 Academy.

Mr Robinson's music career began some years ago and has steadily built up a large fanbase. His music is now played regularly on Radio 1. He is also often featured on 1 Extra, the BBC's urban music radio channel.

Mr Robinson, of Newcombe Street, Handsworth, first appeared at Birmingham Crown Court in connection with the case on April 7.

He will stand trial with codefendant Jermaine Alleyne, 30, of Frank Fisher Way, West Bromwich, who is charged with possession of cannabis with intent to supply, and being concerned in the supply of cannabis. Both men deny the charges against them.

Birmingham Crown Court confirmed that the men are due to stand trial on November 27. They are currently on police bail.

Mr Robinson had a huge hit with She Wants A Man From Brum, and recently appeared on a Birmingham panel discussion about breaking into the music business.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: "Two men were charged with numerous drug offences in February after being arrested in Birmingham on January 24, 2016.

"Crack cocaine, heroin and cannabis were discovered during a search of the car they were travelling along the Pershore Road in at the time."

They said that Saphan Robinson, 26, from Handsworth, and Jermaine Alleyne, 30, from Oldbury, were subsequently charged and are due to stand trial in November 2017 at Birmingham Crown Court.

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:May 28, 2017
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