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808 State DJ Darren Partington jailed for drug dealing

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Image caption Darren Partington admitted possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to supply

Darren Partington, a member of 1980s and '90s acid house pioneers 808 State, has been jailed for 18 months for dealing heroin and crack cocaine.

The group were known for hits like Pacific 707, The Only Rhyme That Bites and In Yer Face at the height of the Madchester era.

The 45-year-old DJ and keyboardist was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court.

Partington was arrested last July after police stopped him with wraps of heroin and crack cocaine and £145 in cash.

The court was told how he was pressured into dealing after getting into debt with his own dealer, the Manchester Evening News reported.

Partington was a recreational drug user and owed £300 to his dealer, who then threatened him and persuaded him to work it off by dealing himself, according to the paper.

The musician, from Miles Platting, Manchester, admitted possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to supply.

Image caption 808 State performed their breakthrough single Pacific 707 on Top of the Pops in 1989

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