A Dubai based British DJ variously identified as AM or AY was this week starting a four year sentence in jail after being convicted of smoking cannabis three months before police drug tested him.

Cops hunted the 30 year old DJ down after an informant told cops he was a pot smoker and detained him when the blood test showed traces of cannabis. His Sentence comes two years after Radio 1 DJ Grooverider was similarly sentenced to four years after customs officers caught him with a tiny amount at the airport.

The drum and bass legend was released after serving ten months in a number of Dubai jails and speaking after his release described ‘appalling’ conditions.

"They don't have toilets, they have holes in the ground. There's eight people to a cell and they do treat you alright don't get me wrong but it's just horrible seeing so many people come in for nothing," he told Radio 1’s news show Newsbeat.

"The despair and the unhappiness. That's more battering than anything else,” he added.

DJ AM/AY was jailed in the same week that press reports appeared of a 16 year old Emirates boy who died after allegedly sniffing butane gas from an aerosol can, a death US newspaper Alburquerque News directly attributed UAE’s zero tolerance drugs policy/

“The inhalation of deodorant is not uncommon in the oil-rich emirate,” the newspaper noted, “Dubai has a stringent no drugs policy and teenagers find unusual and often dangerous ways of ‘getting high’ without realising the extreme risk associated with it.”

Article by Jonty Skrufff (http://skrufff.com): Follow Jonty on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jontyskrufff


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