Drum n bass pioneer and radio 1 dj, Grooverider has been sentenced in Dubai to four years in prison for possession of cannabis.
Grooverider, real name Raymond Bingham, was found guilty of possesion and also charged for bringing the drug into the UAE (United Arab Emirates).
He was originally arrested at Dubai airport on 23 November 2007 when a small bag of cannabis weighing 2.16g was found in his luggage.
According to The Guardian, at an earlier hearing Grooverider has stated in his defence that:
“The drugs were in my possession and I forgot I had them in my trousers.”
Grooverider began his dj career on the London pirate radio station Phase One during the mid 1980’s.
Fabio and Grooverider have been two of the most popular drum n bass dj’s since its the early 1990’s; and have been credited for helping to make drum n bass more accessible to a wider audience with their flagship radio 1 programme.
Grooverider has two weeks to appeal.