Dicksie Di’Anno, the singer of Canadian clown-themed Iron Maiden tribute band Powerclown was arrested on December 11 in Tokyo’s Narita International Airport. He was allegedly caught with a load of drugs worth more than $5.5 million, reported to be stimulants.
According to Japan Today, the suspect, identified as Daniel Burton Whitmore, was charged with violating the Stimulants Control Law and the Japanese Customs Law, Fuji TV reported Friday.
Japanese police say they found 9.8 kilograms of stimulant drugs beneath a false bottom of a guitar case and in multiple tea canisters.
The band shared a statement on Facebook:
“All we can do is hope for the best for him. 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.”