TOKYO — He should have to run to the hills.
The lead singer of a clown-themed Iron Maiden tribute band from Canada was busted trying to smuggle nearly $6 million worth of cocaine into Japan stashed the bottom of his guitar case, police said.
Daniel Burton Whitmore, 44, who is known as Dicksee Dianno when he is onstage fronting Powerclown, was stopped at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport on Dec. 11 after getting off a flight from Vancouver, Japan Today reported.
He attracted the attention of customs officials because he was profusely sweating and they noticed that his guitar case seemed unusually heavy, authorities said. An x-ray of the case and his other belongings turned up 9.8 kilos of coke stashed in a false bottom in the case and in several tea canisters.
Whitmore allegedly told cops that he agreed to carry the drugs for a pal because he needed cash money. He said he was supposed to deliver the drugs to someone at a hotel near the airport.
In a statement, Powerclown guitarist, Sketchy Klown, said the band was deeply disappointed in Whitmore’s actions.
“Flags are flying half mast at the Powerclown circus tent. I assure you, any frowns we are wearing are real. Painted on or not. All we can do is hope for the best for him,” the statement read. “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.”
Japan has very stringent anti-drug laws, so Whitmore faces a lengthy prison term if convicted.