Nines, a British rapper, was sentenced to prison for bringing 28 kg of cannabis into the UK from Spain and Poland.
Courtney Freckleton, actual name Courtney Freckleton, 31, and Jason Thompson, 35, were both sentenced to 28 months in prison.
The two had previously pleaded guilty to counts of narcotics trafficking and money laundering.
Judge Rosa Dean, who sentenced them both at Harrow Crown Court, said: “What a waste of all that skill to be put in Wormwood Scrubs.”
Nines’ album Crabs In A Bucket topped the UK album chart last year, and he was voted best hip hop talent at the Mobo Awards.
The court heard that the two were involved in one successful effort to import the class B narcotic, as well as another attempt.
The Future Looks Bleak For Nines
The money laundering accusation stemmed from a £98,000 debt, the worth of the narcotics, and the usage of Bitcoin to purchase the cannabis, according to prosecutor Genevieve Reed.
According to the court, some of the cannabis was smuggled into the UK in boilers purchased from Poland.
Nines, of Barbican, central London, and Thompson, of Barnet, north London, were apprehended in June following police searches across London and Hertfordshire.
The operation is said to have begun with the hacking of the encrypted messaging service Encrochat.
The network, which was used by thousands of criminals throughout the world, was hacked by French detectives last year, and police were able to enter it.
Nines, a father of two who was dubbed “Big Boss” by his fellow conspirators, had previously served an 18-month sentence for possession of cannabis with the intent to supply.