John Lennon and Yoko Ono arrested


On October 18, 1968, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were arrested for drug possession. The bust occurred at their home at 34 Montagu Square in London. Police served a warrant at the residence and found hash, marijuana residue and a small amount of morphine.

The police knocked at around 11:30 in the morning and read the warrant through an open window before entering the residence. They brought with them two drug sniffing dogs, named Yogi and Booboo. The raid was led by notorious anti-drug cop, Detective Sergeant Norman Pilcher. Pilcher was also responsible for raids on Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Brian Jones. He also later arrested George Harrison. Pilcher was a media savvy and usually had press on hand at his raids. This seemed to be the case with the Lennon raid. Lennon claimed that he had been tipped off by a media member and had cleaned out the residence. He just missed the small amount found and claimed that it was not his.

Lennon later pled guilty to the charges and was fined 150 pounds.


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