By Lee Han-soo
A Grammy-nominated British DJ was found guilty of smuggling drugs into South Korea last year. The Seoul Central District Court sentenced the DJ, 53, to a year in prison, suspended for two years. A Korean-American was fined 20 million won for buying and using the drugs.
The Briton was arrested at a customs checkpoint at Incheon International Airport last June. He had a 1.5-liter bottle of gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), also known as the date-rape drug, in his baggage. The court said he smuggled GHB into the country four times -- in January, March, April and June.
"As GHB can have a negative impact on both society and the individual, the crime cannot be taken lightly," the court said in a ruling statement. "However, we made the ruling after taking into consideration that the amount of GHB he smuggled in was not large and he had no intention of profiting from the GHB."
The DJ's lawyer told The Korea Times he would not appeal. The convicted musician is in Korea preparing to leave the country.
The British DJ is known as one of the first to bring rave culture to the U.S.