July 25 [16:00 EDT] — Rick Danko, a vocalist and guitarist for the classic rock group, The Band, received a suspended prison sentence from a Japanese court on Friday for smuggling heroin into Japan.
According to Reuters, Danko had been arrested in May while he was on a five-concert tour of Japan. Police had found 1.25 grams of heroin hidden in a magazine sent to him by a courier from the United States.
The judge dismissed Danko’s claim that his wife mistakenly sent him heroin when he asked her to send him some medication for a cold.
Danko’s two-and-a-half-year sentence was suspended for five years.