Grammy-award winner arrested at Japan airport after ecstasy is found in his carry on luggage

Grammy-award winning American club DJ David Morales is arrested at a Japan airport after ecstasy is found in his carry on luggage.

American DJ David Morales was arrested at an airport in Japan on Sunday on the charge of drug smuggling after a small quantity of ecstasy was found in his carry on luggage.

Morales, 58, was detained Fukuoka airport and was scheduled to perform at an event in Tokyo on Sunday. Its unclear if the DJ was released in time to attend the event.

‘He was arrested for allegedly violating the law on narcotics and psychotropics control,’ a police spokesman told AFP.

Authorities said they found five granules of MDMA, weighing all of 0.3 grammes but the laws against drugs in Japan are extremely strict and can lead to jail sentences.

Possession of ecstasy can carry a fine of up to $26,000 and a maximum jail sentence of up to seven years.

The Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported that the DJ denied the allegation, saying: ‘It’s not mine. (Someone) might have tried to frame me.’

Morales was an influential figure in the New York dance scene during the 1980s and 1990s.

He has worked with a slew of enormous names in the music business including Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson and Eric Clapton.

In 1996 he was nominated for a Grammy Award for producing Mariah’s song Fantasy.

In 1998 he won a Grammy for Remixer of the Year.

In arguably Japan’s most infamous music drug bust, Paul McCartney spent nine days in a Tokyo jail in 1980 after being caught at the airport with a bag of marijuana in his suitcase.

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