808 State DJ Darren Partington has been jailed for 18 months for drug dealing.
The BBC reports that Partington, a member of the electronic acid house pioneers renowned for hits including ‘Pacific State’, ‘In Yer Face’ and ‘The Only Rhyme That Bites’, was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court for dealing heroin and crack cocaine.
The court was told that the 45-year-old had only resorted to selling narcotics because he had been pressured by his own drug dealer after falling into debt.
Partington, who admitted to charges of possessing heroin and cocaine with intent to supply, said he had owed £300 to his dealer and, after being threatened, was convinced to work the debt off it off by dealing drugs himself.
He was arrested in July 2014 after police found him with crack cocaine, wraps of heroin and £145 in cash.
808 State released their debut album ‘Newbuild’ in 1988 and went on to release a further five studio LPs, which also included collaborations with artists including Elbow’s Guy Garvey, New Order’s Bernard Sumner, Manic Street Preachers singer James Dean Bradfield and Björk. Their last album, ‘Outpost Transmission’, was released in 2003.