A 44-year-old local musician is in custody in Tokyo after more than $7 million worth of stimulant drugs were found in his guitar case.
Daniel Burton Whitmore had just gotten off a plane from Vancouver to Narita International Airport on December 11 when he was arrested.
Japan Today has reported that police became suspicious when Whitmore, a.k.a. Dan Scumm and Dan Scum, was seen "sweating profusely".
According to this report, Whitmore said he agreed to carry the drugs for someone else because he needed the money.
Japan is notoriously tough on drug smugglers.
In October Whitmore posted some of his music on YouTube. You can hear it in the video below.
Scum, a,k.a. Dicksie Di'Anno, is in the Vancouver band Powerclown, which released the following statement on its Facebook page:
Flags are flying half mast at the Powerclown circus tent. I assure you, any frowns we are wearing are real. Painted on or not. All we can do is hope for the best for him. Clownery and parlour tricks, whether by him or us ain't gonna do no good. Even with his voice, the voice of a songbird, and his velvet-painting-smooth charm, he wont be able to talk his way out of these hijinks, even if he did speak Japanese.
While none of us clowns condone Dicksee's actions, or recommend anyone else attempting something this foolish, we do hope for the best for our grease-painted pal. We hope that by some small...make that large...miracle, he somehow manages to slide into his cock-pink pants and dance himself back home to face this different form of music he has created for himself. We love you Dicksee. If you somehow make it back here, and we hope you do, we may even go easy on you. Maybe. No promises.