THE brother of Little Mix X Factor winner Jesy Nelson is a drug dealer, The Sun can reveal.
Our probe will be a blow to Jesy, 20, and Little Mix who are proud of a squeaky-clean image.
Johnny Nelson, whose mum is a police community support officer, sold our undercover reporter Class A drug cocaine from his Smart car.
Teetotal Jesy and X Factor-winning bandmates Perrie Edwards, 18, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, 19, and Jade Thirlwall, 18, have made a stand against drugs and booze.
Their former show colleague Frankie Cocozza, 18, was sensationally axed for abusing cocaine.
We exposed brother Johnny’s shameful trade after being given a mobile number — described as a 24-hour “drugs hotline”.
We quoted the name of one of Nelson’s pals, asking if he could “sort us out”. Nelson confirmed a deal “within 15 to 20 minutes”, despite never having spoken to our man before.
The handover of 1.3 grams of cocaine was due to take place behind Sainsbury’s car park in Hornchurch, Essex.
But Nelson turned up an hour later after calling back and arranging at the last minute to meet 70 yards away.
He pulled up in a lay-by at the side of a theatre in the black Smart car and honked the horn to alert our reporter.
Wearing a beanie hat and slouched in his seat, he wound down the window and gave a nod of acknowledgement.
He then handed over the drugs in two, inch-long rectangular “wraps”. The coke had been tightly packaged in folded used Lottery tickets.
Nelson confirmed the fee, taking £80 from our reporter.
The deal, yards from Christmas shoppers and women walking with children, was over in seconds. Nelson then swiftly reversed and sped off.
The Sun took his drugs to a scientific firm.
A report by ScreenSafe UK said: “The submission consisted of two folded sections of Lottery ticket which held 0.70 and 0.61 grams of a white powder. A sample from this was analysed and found to contain benzocaine (a cutting agent), and cocaine.”
There is absolutely no suggestion Jesy, of nearby Romford, Essex, or any of her family were aware of her brother’s drug dealing, or in any way involved.
The siblings are friends on Facebook and Johnny lists Little Mix on his music tastes page.
A source said: “This will devastate Jesy. She is desperate that nothing rocks her roller-coaster path to fame and fortune.”
Jesy screamed for joy when the girlband were crowned winners of the ITV1 talent show last Sunday. Industry experts predict the group will earn £8million.
Her dad John Nelson, 46, is a well known local businessman who runs a string of firms including a Hornchurch garden centre.
He was jailed after an amateur boxer was stabbed to death outside a club 26 years ago. He was dubbed the “Disco Killer” when he was convicted of murder.
But he was later cleared on appeal and instead served a shorter sentence for affray.
Jesy’s mother Janis, 51, split from John years ago and is now a police community support officer in Canvey Island, Essex.
All four of Little Mix have said they never use drugs or drink. Perrie said: “We’re totally little goody two-shoes.”
SOURCE: The Sun