The Band’s Rick Danko Suspected Of Heroin Possession

Hall of Famer (upper left) reportedly detained at Tokyo airport.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Rick Danko, of The Band, has
reportedly been held in Tokyo on suspicion of heroin possession.

the bassist and vocalist for the ’60s stars who served as Bob Dylan’s backing
band before releasing their landmark 1968 debut, Music From Big Pink,
was detained at Tokyo’s Narita Airport by customs officials two weeks ago,
according to an Associated Press report.

He had gone to the airport
to pick up a package that officials say contained heroin.

Danko, who the
AP reported has undergone drug rehabilitation in the past, had just
completed a Japanese solo tour when he was detained. It was unclear when and if
he would be charged or released.

Danko had recently recorded an album with
folk legend Eric Andersen and Norwegian singer/songwriter Jonas Fjeld,
RidinÕ On The Blinds (Rykodisc), which was released in February, the
follow-up to 1994’s Danko Fjeld Andersen. Ê

Danko and The Band were
inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.