drummer Phil Rudd
has been convicted for being on possession of cannabis and his criminal record could affect the band's future touring plans.
Rudd, real name Phillip Hugh Norman Witschke Rudzevecuis
, was fined $250 and ordered to pay costs of $133 in Tauranga District Court, New Zealand, after police searched his boat in October and found 25g of the illegal substance.
The 56-year-old's lawyer had asked for his client to be discharged because a court conviction could affect his job.
Craig Tuck, defending, said: My client has travelled to more than 20 countries in the past nine months as the drummer in one of the biggest rock bands in the world. Any drug conviction could impact his ability to enter some countries.
He travels extensively around the globe and on the basis of such criminality, which is low level offending, he is being targeted.
Tuck added that Rudd, who lives in the Tauranga area, showed remorse for his offence and took responsibility for his actions.
Passing sentence, community magistrate Robyn Paterson told the drummer: It was not just an accident you were blindly ignoring the law. You have been playing Russian roulette.
Rudd is the only Australian-born member of AC/DC. He joined in 1975 and was fire in 1983 after the death of original singer Bon Scott cause him to enter a spiral of drug addiction. He rejoined in 1994 after the band admitted their sound was lacking spirit without him.
Thanks for the report to RockAAA.com