Jail bosses fail to get Liverpool drug dealer’s YouTube videos taken down
A Liverpool drug dealer who previously claimed he made £1,700 in a month from YouTube videos posted from prison will not have them removed, despite pleas from prison authorities.
Criminal Sam Walker’s YouTube account documents his time behind bars in various prisons.
He has managed to post videos from several institutions on YouTube since 2018 and in January it was reported that his channel had over 20,000 subscribers.
Walker (38) from Beetham Plaza, Liverpool, was jailed again on March 24, when a Chester Crown Court judge sentenced him to 15 months after he was arrested on the M56 near Runcorn with 3kg of cannabis inside a Maserati.
He was arrested and charged with a number of offenses of driving and carrying cannabis, as well as possession of counterfeit money after £3,800 worth of counterfeit banknotes were also found inside the car .
Walker pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cannabis, driving while disqualified, and without insurance.
However, he pleaded not guilty to possession of counterfeit money, saying the money was used to play poker with friends.
In March 2020 he posted a video, believed to have been taken at Cambridgeshire prison HMP Whitemoor, with the aim of showing people “what the prison is really like”.
In the video, Walker introduces himself before talking about his time in the Category A men’s prison.
A recent YouTube video shows Walker being escorted by a prison guard for his trial at Chester Crown Court.
The videos prompted the Department of Justice’s Digital Media Investigation Unit to ask YouTube to remove his channel.
However, according to the Guardian, YouTube refused twice.
“We will continue to pressure YouTube to remove this content,” a jailer has since said.
“Anyone found in possession of a phone will have to spend more time behind bars.” The Guardian report adds that YouTube suggested Walker’s prison videos remain available for viewing as he did not break any of the platform’s rules.”