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Music Star Fredo Sentenced To Five Years In Dubai Prison For Cannabis Possession

BY Abena Dzaka January 31, 2024 5:52 PM EDT
Photo Credit: Facebook/Fredo

Rapper Fredo from the UK is allegedly going to serve a five-year prison term in Dubai after being detained for possessing cannabis.

Known in real life as Marvin Bailey, Fredo is not a stranger to trouble in the past but is still one of the biggest names in UK rap.

He made history by collaborating with Dave on the smash hit song Funky Friday, which peaked at No.1 on the charts with a Stormzy collaboration. 

Fredo’s legal issues in Dubai come after a string of scandals, which included a recent three-year driving ban in London for drugged driving.

Dubai is well-known for its strict anti-drug policies. Since medical cannabis programs are not recognized by the UAE, people found in possession of cannabis face harsh penalties, such as jail time and fines—a fate that Future’s disc jockey, DJ Esco, experienced. 

Previous reports stated that Fredo would have to pay a fine, be deported, and face a lifetime ban from the UAE.

The artiste also got support from the UK Foreign Office, which spoke with officials in the United Arab Emirates over his situation.

However, a number of online publications claim that the hearing is over and Fredo has been sentenced to five years in a Dubai prison.

Neither Fredo nor his representatives have commented on the matter.

On the other hand, some fans are astonished by the news, and others have voiced their sadness on social media.