February 28, 2007

Keith Richards: the Toronto bust

Keith Richards: trouble in Toronto, 30 years ago.

It was 30 years ago (February 28th, 1977) that Keith Richards was arrested in Toronto for possession of heroin. Richards, who was in town to perform with the Rolling Stones at the El Mocambo Club for an upcoming live album, was awakened by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who found, among other substances, five grams of cocaine and 22 grams of heroin in his room. Richards was charged with "possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to traffic." Although Richards was eventually released on $25,000 bail, due to the trafficking charge he faced a minimum seven-year prison term if found guilty.

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