Monday, December 27, 2004
"Dude, Where's My Opium?" 
by Lenka Reznicek [permalink] 
Talk about "what was he thinking?" - the 24-year old "Dude, Where's My Car?" actor was released early from a Pakistani jail where her was serving a seven-year sentence for drug smuggling:
[LA Daily News Santa Clarita] Erik Aude, a former football star at Lancaster's Bethel Christian High School who appeared in "Dude, Where's My Car?" among other small roles, was sentenced in January 2003 to seven years in an Islamabad prison, where he had been held since his arrest in February 2002 at the airport in Islamabad.

State Department officials said Monday that a Pakistani judge last week ordered a sentence of time already served and upheld a previously imposed fine of 50,000 rupees -- about $860.

Erik Aude had been hired to pick up leather samples from a manufacturer in Islamabad, Pakistan's capital city, his mother said. But after Aude picked up a suitcase containing the samples and got to the Islamabad airport, Pakistani customs officials found eight pounds of opium hidden in the sample suitcase's lining.
Three years in a Pakistani jail. Poor guy probably never saw Midnight Express.