Irony is when someone who planned to be an anti-drug ambassador actually does drugs themselves.
Debbie Valerie Long, or DJ Tenashar, is the walking irony in question.
Lest you don’t know who she is, perhaps she will ring a bell when I remind you of the fact that she used to be one of the top Singaporean DJs and was also the first Singaporean DJ to be ranked among the world’s top 100 DJs in DJ Magazine‘s Top 100 DJs poll in 2013.
She’s also got an entire drug scandal story to be unpacked.
On The Run
Back in 2015, Long was found to be in possession of psilocin and had traces of cocaine in her body along with her then-boyfriend, Thorsten Nolte. They then fled Singapore after being released on bail.
Long was jailed once she arrived back in Singapore in 2018 due to her passport expiring, three long years after her first charge.
She was then released from jail earlier this year after an 18-month sentence, at the end of May.
The Blame Game
A week after release, she insisted in an interview that she didn’t intentionally consume the drugs and her boyfriend was the one who put the drugs in her luggage without her knowledge.
Long then went on to complain to the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) about one of their officers.
She claimed he would avoid her calls and not allow her to explain herself when she wanted more investigation on the case while she was overseas.
However, CNB said: “Ms Long had been accorded the full due process of the law, including setting out her mitigation. Her case was heard and dealt with in court based on all available evidence where she pleaded guilty and was convicted and sentenced accordingly by the courts.”
Arrested Yet Again In JB
In the wee hours of 5 July, Long went into the Berjaya Waterfront Hotel in Johor Bahru and crashed on a couch in the hotel lobby, despite not actually being a guest there.
She seemed to be intoxicated and later asked for a car to take her to the police station when the hotel staff tried waking her up.
She said she wanted to make a report and that she was “trying to run and hide from being murdered”.
Long told the police in her report that a group of men had kidnapped, robbed and beaten her the day before on 4 July, and that the group was sent by a Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officer who handled her previous case.
She couldn’t remember how or when she had been kidnapped, however, and recounted that she was thrown into a ditch full of rats and snakes.
She also insisted that she had sprained her foot, bruised her thigh and suffered from other injuries as well.
Obviously, her story sounded crazy, so the police came to the conclusion that she was under the influence of drugs instead and that none of this actually happened.
They subsequently tested her for drugs and the results came back positive, so they arrested her.