A rap music video posted online helped Jefferson County deputies recently identify and arrest a suspected drug dealer.
In February 2012, narcotics officers began to investigate the distribution of heroin, cocaine and marijuana believe to be dealt by a man in southwest Birmingham.
During the investigation, a deputy came across a video made by an aspiring rap artist that had been uploaded to YouTube. The video showed the suspect "apparently engaged in the sale and use of illegal drugs," according to a release from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies were able to identify the suspected drug dealer from the video as Christopher Dewayne Taylor, a 26-year-old man from Edgewater.
The sheriff's office obtained a search warrant for Taylor's home, located in the 700 block of 30th Street SW. Investigators searched the home on Feb. 22, found heroin inside and arrested Taylor.
Taylor went by the name "Prep Boi Fresh" in the music video, which was titled Crown Royal Bag, according to Sgt. Jack Self. YouTube indicates that the Crown Royal Bag rap video has been removed by the user, but there are several other music videos still on YouTube featuring "Prep Boi Fresh."
The sheriff's office says Taylor was arrested on outstanding warrants for the following charges: obstruction of justice, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and a probation violation for an unlawful possession of marijuana.
In addition to the outstanding warrants, Taylor was also charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Taylor is being held in the Jefferson County Jail on no bond.
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