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American DJ David Morales accused of smuggling Ecstasy

FUKUOKA (TR) – Fukuoka Prefectural Police have arrested popular American DJ David Morales over the alleged smuggling of Ecstasy upon his arrival at Fukuoka Airport on October 6, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 7).

At 3:55 p.m., a customs official found Morales, 56, to be in possession of 0.3 grams of MDMA, which is also known as Ecstasy, in a carry-on bag after he disembarked from a flight from Hong Kong.

The five white granules of the drug, which induces euphoria, were found hidden in a sock, police said.

American DJ David Morales
American DJ David Morales was scheduled to perform in Tokyo the day before his arrest for smuggling Ecstasy

Morales, who was accused of violating Narcotics and Psychotropics Control Act, denies the allegations. “It’s not mine,” the suspect was quoted by police. “Someone seems to have tried to set me up.”

Morales arrived in Japan to perform at an event in Tokyo scheduled for the day after his arrest. Before his arrival in Japan, he spent three days in Hong Kong. Prior to the that, he was in New York for 10 days after a flight from Italy, police said.

A popular figure in the New York dance music scene two decades ago, Morales has remixed music for a number of popular artists, including including Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, and Michael Jackson. In 1998, he won a Grammy for “Remixer of the Year.”