Press reports in Dubai this week said promoters who booked Grooverider were furious with the Radio 1 star for being busted at the airport, as the London drum & bass star started his second week locked up in a United Arab Emirates cell.
Event promoter Ram Nath from Dexar Music told the Gulf News hed been waiting to collect Groove at the airport becoming increasingly alarmed as his scheduled midnight set time passed.
He was delayed through customs and after several hours of waiting and checking, police informed me that he had been arrested for drug possession and having pornographic CDs, said Ram Nath, from Dexar Music the event promoter.
I feel very sorry for him as this may spell
the end of his career. However we sent his management a list of what is
prohibited and what is acceptable in the UAE prior to his arrival in the
country, he told 7 Days,
Mr Nath told the Gulf News his company is suing Grooveriders management to return his £4,000 DJ fee, though much more ominously for the DJ were other press reports detailing his plight.
Local newspaper Khalleej Times referred to him only by his initials R.B (Raymond Bingham), the standard procedure for non-celebrity drug users regularly jailed for four years, and even worse, quoted a police source as saying traces of drugs were found in his urine following drugs tests.
"On searching the DJ, who arrived at the airport around 7pm, the police found small quantities of marijuana in his bag and pornographic DVDs, the same police source told the Times, During police interrogation, he said that he was not aware of the marijuana found in his bag, the official added.
Now I know that we are all responsible people and dont do drugs at all but keep in mind that there is a zero tolerance policy in Dubai towards drugs and people have been known to be jailed for being caught with just one pill and in some cases for testing positive to THC being in their blood system, the Likwid/ Level promoter warned.
The general jail term is 4 years and sometimes gets reduced, but not always. Of course no one should carry any amount of any controlled substances with them when travelling through airports anyway, but even an accidental situation can end you up in serious trouble, he stressed.
Check your bags, all your clothes, secret pockets, liner in
jackets, wherever something may be forgotten, THOROUGHLY before travelling to
Dubai and make sure those you know do the same. Its better to be safe than
sorry and a small high is just not worth 4 years of jail anywhere on this
planet. Fair warning, Lots of love from friendly
http://tinyurl.com/2y84mg (UK DJ held at
http://tinyurl.com/2zn9q7 (UAE prisons)
http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2005/61701.htm (US State Department report 2005: Amnesty: Rulers of the individual emirates regularly pardon and pay the debts of prisoners on religious and national holidays. During the year, at least 1,420 prisoners were pardoned, and $2 million (7.2 million dirhams) in debts paid. Most pardoned foreign nationals were deported . . .)
Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)