Prison bosses fail to have Liverpool drug dealer's YouTube videos taken down
In March 2020, he posted a video in a bid to show people 'what prison is really like'
A Liverpool drug dealer who previously claimed that he makes £1,700 in a month from YouTube videos posted from jail will not have them taken down, despite appeals from prison authorities.
Career criminal Sam Walker's YouTube account documents his time spent behind bars at various prisons.
He has managed to post videos on YouTube from several institutions since 2018 and in January, it was reported that his channel had more than 20,000 followers.
Walker (38) of Beetham Plaza, Liverpool, was most recently jailed again on March 24, when a judge at Chester Crown Court sentenced him to 15 months after he was stopped on the M56 near Runcorn with 3kg of cannabis inside a Maserati.
He was arrested and charged with a number of driving offences and over the cannabis haul, as well as possession of counterfeit currency after £3,800 of fake bank notes 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 holding counterfeit currency, claiming the money was used for playing poker with friends.
In March 2020, he posted a video, which is believed to have been taken at Cambridgeshire prison HMP Whitemoor, in a bid to show people "what prison is really like".
In the video, Walker introduces himself before talking about his move to the category A men's prison.
A recent YouTube video shows Walker escorted by a prison guard for his trial at Chester Crown Court.
The videos prompted the Ministry of Justice’s digital media investigations unit to ask YouTube to take down his channel.
However, according to the Guardian, YouTube has reportedly refused on two occasions.
"We will continue to press YouTube to remove this content,” a prison since said.
“Anyone found in possession of a phone will face extra time behind bars." The Guardian's report adds that YouTube suggested that Walker’s prison videos remain available to view as he has not broken any of the platform's rules.”
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