officials arrested drum & bass icon Grooverider last weekend after allegedly
finding cannabis and hardcore porn DVDs in the Radio 1 DJs record
The British superstar DJ was arrested at Dubais international
airport, the Sunday Mirror reported, and faces his first court appearance this
Grooveriders detention is the latest in a series of drugs
busts of Western travellers passing through Dubais airport, most of whom have received
four year sentences, including some just for failing drug tests. However,
notable exceptions have occurred, such as for US R&B star Dallas Austin who
was sentenced to four years after being caught with a gram of coke and ecstasy
in July. The Madonna producer claimed the drugs had been planted in his record
bag and was pardoned immediately when convicted, reportedly following intensive
lobbying by US senators and pop stars including Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie,
Indian star DJ Aqeel was also arrested earlier this year on the
way to spin at Dubai mega-club Trilogy and detained for 9 days
after cops found a tiny amount of ecstasy in his wallet, though was subsequently
cleared of possession charges after passing drug tests and convincing court
officials that the ecstasy had been planted.
about his experiences, the Bollywood celebrity
shocked and scared when initially arrested though said the excellent conditions
he was held in helped ameliorate the trauma.
There was a detention centre at the airport. It was like a nice
three-star hotel. The Dubai police really took good care of me. The
officials treated me like a guest in their house, he told Bollywood portal
Ourbollywood.com in June.
I could call up when I wanted, smoke when I wanted, and eat
whatever I wanted. It was quite comfortable, he
Grooverider should also benefit from his long established
reputation for clean-living which fellow drum & star Goldie highlighted in a
Mixmag interview as long ago as 1995.
that cracks me up is Groove mate, he's the straightest geezer," Goldie laughed,
"He doesn't do any f**king drugs mate and he's been like playing for so many
years with all these people off their **cking nuts. He's got a genuine love for
the people and a love of the music. Jonty Skrufff