AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Convicted of Pot Possession

Police found weed while searching drummer's boat in October

December 6, 2010 4:20 PM ET
AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Convicted of Pot Possession
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Longtime AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was convicted of possessing 25 grams of marijuana in New Zealand last week, and was fined $250 (NZ) plus $133 in court costs.

Police searched his boat on October 7 and discovered the pot, which Rudd claimed was for personal use.

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His lawyer attempted to have the charge dismissed, noting the relatively small amount of drugs in Rudd's possession and pointing out that a conviction would complicate Rudd's touring schedule with AC/DC. But Community Magistrate Robyn Paterson told the drummer, "It was not just an accident. You were blindly ignoring the law. You have been playing Russian roulette."

Rudd has had two stints with AC/DC, one from 1975-83 and his current one, which began in 1994.

AC/DC drummer convicted of drug possession [New Zealand Herald via NME]

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