MUSIC NEWS - AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been convicted of marijuana possession by a New Zealand court, reports the New Zealand Herald. Mr Rudd was arrested back on October 7, 2010 after police raided his boat that was docked at the Tauranga Beach Marina, North Island, NZ and found 25 grams of the pot on board.
Though he offered a guilty plea at the Tauranga District Court, Rudd's request for leniency was denied by Magistrate Robyn Paterson, who convicted the rocker of marijuana possession as well as imposed a fine of $250 (NZ) and $133 (NZ) in court costs on him. Rudd's plea to not have the charge on his record was also denied, with Paterson telling the drummer that his arrest was "not just an accident. You were blindly ignoring the law. You have been playing Russian roulette".
He joined the Aussie hard rock band, AC/DC in 1975, but was fired from the group in 1983 after having problems with guitarist Malcolm Young. He rejoined in 1993 and has been part of the group ever since. Now, touring may be much more difficult for him with a drug record as many governments, including the USA, do not issue visas to individuals with drug convictions.
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