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Cocaine charge dropped against star DJ Erick Morillo

Erick Morillo
Erick Morillo denied the charges during a previous court appearance

Prosecutors in Scotland have dropped a cocaine charge against internationally renowned Colombian-American DJ and record-label owner Erick Morillo.

The 37-year-old was detained by police after being stopped by customs officers when he arrived at Glasgow Airport in December 2008.

He later pleaded not guilty to a charge of possessing cocaine.

The Crown Office said charges had been dropped after "careful consideration of all the facts and circumstances".

The Miami-based music producer was detained after flying in for an appearance at the Arches in Glasgow just before Christmas.

He was accused under the Customs and Excise Management Act, concerning the fraudulent evasion or attempted evasion of a prohibition on goods.

After full and careful consideration of all the facts and circumstances the procurator fiscal decided that the proceedings should be discontinued
Crown Office spokeswoman

He pleaded not guilty to possessing cocaine when he appeared at Paisley Sheriff Court on 22 December 2008 and was released on bail.

A spokeswoman for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service confirmed charges had now been dropped:

"The procurator fiscal at Paisley received a report concerning a 37-year-old man in relation to an incident on 20 December 2008," she said.

"As a result, proceedings were raised at Paisley Sheriff Court.

"However after full and careful consideration of all the facts and circumstances the procurator fiscal decided that the proceedings should be discontinued."

The platinum-selling artist was behind Reel 2 Real's 1994 dance floor filler "I Like to Move It" and found further success with remixes of songs by Whitney Houston and Basement Jaxx.

Mr Morillo is the co-founder of Subliminal Records and performs DJ sets across the world.



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