Mick Jagger Busted for A "Substance" in London Home

Released on bail, Mick says "I'm going back to work now."

Rolling Stones Mick Jagger Marianne Faithfull court drugs marijuana
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Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull leave Malborough Street court on December 18th, 1969.
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LONDON—Police arrived at Cheyne Walk, home of Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger, on Wednesday evening, May 28th, entered, had a look around, and "took some substances for analysis" with them when they left.

They neither said what they suspected those substances might be, nor has any definitive analysis been announced. But Mick and Marianne Faithfull, his lady companion, were taken to a nearby police station, booked and released, an hour later, on $120 bail each.

Word had spread by the time they got home again, and a crowd of reporters was waiting. Mick waved and told them, "I'm going back to work now to make a record."

Jagger and Miss Faithfull appeared in court the next day. Their trial was fixed for June 23rd.

All other information concerning the bust was subjudice (may not, under British law, be made public, for fear of influencing justice).

Jagger was previously busted, in mid-1967, for posession of four pep pills without prescription; a three-month sentence was lifted by British justices later that year. Keith Richards and Brian Jones have also had their share of run-ins over alleged narcotics, and these facts of life are said to be major stumbling blocks in the way of a Stones tour of the United States.

This story is from the June 28, 1969 issue of Rolling Stone.

From The Archives Issue 36: June 28, 1969