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Grammy-nominated British DJ arrested for alleged drug smuggling in Korea

Video footage shows the Grammy-nominated British DJ caught smuggling in illegal drug at a customs checkpoint at Incheon International Airport. / Captured from YTN
Video footage shows the Grammy-nominated British DJ caught smuggling in illegal drug at a customs checkpoint at Incheon International Airport. / Captured from YTN

By Lee Han-soo, Park Si-soo

A Grammy-nominated British DJ was arrested in Korea for alleged drug smuggling, police said Thursday.


Video footage shows him at a customs checkpoint at Incheon International Airport with a 1.5-liter bottle filled with an alleged illegal drug, they said.

Hiding his face with a jacket, the Grammy-nominated British DJ sits at Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency. / Yonhap
Hiding his face with a jacket, the Grammy-nominated British DJ sits at Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency. / Yonhap

The Grammy-nominated British DJ allegedly smuggled 3.78 liters of gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), also known as the date rape drug, into Korea four times from January to June. The value is estimated at 370 million won ($340,000) and the quantity enough to dose 1,000 people.


Police said the DJ was caught in June during his fourth attempt to bring in the drug. It was disguised in a water bottle, they said.

A 1.5-liter bottle of gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) confiscated from him. / Yonhap
A 1.5-liter bottle of gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) confiscated from him. / Yonhap

Police said a chief at a Korean pharmaceutical company, surnamed Choi, and his twin brother are known to have funded the DJ's trip to Korea.


The DJ reportedly denies the allegations, saying he did not know the water bottle was filled with drugs.

Video footage shows the Grammy-nominated British DJ caught smuggling in illegal drug at a customs checkpoint at Incheon International Airport. / Captured from YTN
Video footage shows the Grammy-nominated British DJ caught smuggling in illegal drug at a customs checkpoint at Incheon International Airport. / Captured from YTN

By Lee Han-soo, Park Si-soo

A Grammy-nominated British DJ was arrested in Korea for alleged drug smuggling, police said Thursday.


Video footage shows him at a customs checkpoint at Incheon International Airport with a 1.5-liter bottle filled with an alleged illegal drug, they said.

Hiding his face with a jacket, the Grammy-nominated British DJ sits at Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency. / Yonhap
Hiding his face with a jacket, the Grammy-nominated British DJ sits at Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency. / Yonhap

The Grammy-nominated British DJ allegedly smuggled 3.78 liters of gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), also known as the date rape drug, into Korea four times from January to June. The value is estimated at 370 million won ($340,000) and the quantity enough to dose 1,000 people.


Police said the DJ was caught in June during his fourth attempt to bring in the drug. It was disguised in a water bottle, they said.

A 1.5-liter bottle of gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) confiscated from him. / Yonhap
A 1.5-liter bottle of gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) confiscated from him. / Yonhap

Police said a chief at a Korean pharmaceutical company, surnamed Choi, and his twin brother are known to have funded the DJ's trip to Korea.


The DJ reportedly denies the allegations, saying he did not know the water bottle was filled with drugs.

Park Si-soo pss@koreatimes.co.kr

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