AC/DC drummer caught with dagga

2010-12-01 13:07
Wellington - AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was convicted of cannabis possession in New Zealand on Wednesday, in a decision his lawyers said could hamper the rocker's globe-trotting tour schedule, reports said.

Rudd did not contest charges that police found 27g of cannabis on his boat at Tauranga on the North Island, the local news website reported.

It said lawyers for Rudd, who was convicted under his legal name Phillip Witschke, asked the Tauranga District Court to discharge the charge as the "low level" offence could hinder his international travel with the heavy metal band.

Pointing out that Rudd had no previous drug convictions, his lawyer Craig Tuck said the drummer had travelled to at least 20 countries with the veteran rockers over the past nine months.

"He travels extensively around the globe, across the planet, and on the basis of such criminality, which is low level offending, he is being targeted," Tuck told the court.

Magistrate Robyn Paterson refused the request, saying Rudd should have known the potential impact a drug conviction could have on his career.

"It was not just an accident. You were blindly ignoring the law. You have been playing Russian roulette," she said.

He was convicted and fined NZ$250.

AC/DC, one of the world top-selling rock acts, won a Grammy this year for best hard rock performance.


  • mariusmocke - 2010-12-01 13:39

    belaglik...die man is seker oud genoeg om te rook wat hy wil.

  • Vark - 2010-12-01 13:40

    Horror upon horror. How could he? Doesn't he know how dangerous and evil dagga is? A whole 29 grams. He must be a kingpin in the narcotic trade. How f@cking ridiculous. Bet you either the police or the judge has a booze problem.

  • Joy - 2010-12-01 13:54

    so Phil Rudd was caught in possession of weed - so bloody what. If he wants to smoke it, let him ! it is not like he is harming anybody with it !

  • Dr. Zeek - 2010-12-01 15:37

    Legalise all drugs, regulate distribution and tax them.

  • goodnessme - 2010-12-02 09:58

    ridiculous.....surely they can spend police time chasing paedophiles and rapists - for goodness sake!!

  • jakiepoly - 2010-12-03 13:44

    I have to agree with Joy there. Why go to such lengths just because of weed. WTF. It's typical of this era to go about cr@p like that, same with cigarette smoking. As Korn says "WAKE THE F@CK UP!" Other things going on, much bigger than that! Word wakker!

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