Shamed actor held after police drug raid

Actor Dušan C. has been charged with illegal possession of drugs.
He was taken into pre-trial custody and may serve up to eight years in prison if found guilty.
Dušan C., 31, who is known as the voice of Chandler in the US sitcom Friends, was caught during a November 13 police raid in Bratislava's Old Town flat owned by Hugo Schilder, a disgraced doctor who has already been imprisoned for producing and selling pervitin, a synthetic metamphetamine.

Actor Dušan C. has been charged with illegal possession of drugs.

He was taken into pre-trial custody and may serve up to eight years in prison if found guilty.

Dušan C., 31, who is known as the voice of Chandler in the US sitcom Friends, was caught during a November 13 police raid in Bratislava's Old Town flat owned by Hugo Schilder, a disgraced doctor who has already been imprisoned for producing and selling pervitin, a synthetic metamphetamine.

According to Bratislava police spokeswoman Marta Bujňáková, Schilder is a well known producer of the drug and during the raid the police found Sk160,000 ($3,300) worth of pervitin, a laboratory and various chemical substances used for its production. Schilder was automatically returned to jail.

During the raid the police searched Dušan C. and found 20 cubic centimetres of 70% pervitin, that is 17.6 grams. Two days later a Bratislava investigator charged the actor with illegal possession of drugs.

Dušan C. underwent treatment in the past and has admitted that he is a drug addict. In 1996 a drug scandal broke out following Dušan C.'s failure to show up for a theatre premiere in which he played one of the main characters.

According to Ľubomír Okruhlica, head of the Bratislava based Centre for Treatment of Drug Dependencies pervitin is a highly addictive drug which is "abused when people want to increase their output and activity."

He added: "It can incite euphoria, but is followed by nervousness, insomnia, panic, and feeling of being watched. Many cases end up in psychiatric treatment."

After his last stint at a treatment centre Dušan C. managed to become one of the most successful dub artists and played at various theatre and musical productions. He played main characters in musicals such as Hamlet and Cyrano of Suburbia.

"When I prepared Hamlet I asked him how he was with relation to drugs and he said he was clean so I accepted him," said the musical's producer Andy Hryc.

"There's no place for drugs on the stage. I'm really sorry that such a talented boy slid this way."

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