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House music DJ Mark Lewis arrested for drug trafficking in South Korea

August 21, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
House music DJ Mark Lewis arrested for drug trafficking in South Korea

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Mark Lewis, the British-born DJ credited with helping bring the electronic dance music culture to the United States has been arrested for drug trafficking by authorities in South Korea, L.A. Weekly reported.

News of Lewis’ arrest was confirmed to the publication by a source close to the Los Angeles-based D.J. who asked not to be named.

Although authorities made the announcement this week, the arrest actually occurred back in June.

According to a report in the Korea Times, South Korean Police busted Lewis on video at a customs checkpoint at the Incheon International Airport with a 1.5-liter water bottle that contained the drug gamma hydroxybutyrate, otherwise known as GHB.

The drug is often used by partygoers in the after-hours house or rave scenes. However, it’s also referred to as “the date-rape drug” because it contains sedative-type properties.

In his last Twitter post on July 3rd, Lewis’apologized for failing to appear at an event in Los Angeles, citing food poisoning as the reason.

Authorities told the Times, Mark Lewis allegedly smuggled a total of 3.78 liters of GHB, valued at $340 thousand during four trips to South Korea, between January to June.

Investigators believe the head of a Korean pharmaceutical company along with Lewis’ twin brother helped fund the D.J.’s trip’s to South Korea.

It remains unclear whether Lewis was still in South Korean custody.

Call made to Korean authorities or the South Korean consulate in Los Angeles haven’t been returned.

Mark Lewis helped to bring British-influenced house music in the 1980’s and became one of the prominent club DJs in Los Angeles. He still performs frequently with fellow British D.J., the legendary Paul Oakenfold, according to L.A. Weekly.

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