Cops And Rockers: George Harrison Raided for Marijuana in 1969
This week in 1969 was supposed to be a beautiful one for The Beatles, even though they were on their way out as a band at the time. Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman, but on the same day George Harrison ran hard into the law when authorities raided his home looking for drugs.
It was no coincidence that the police chose March 12, 1969, the day of McCartney’s wedding, to raid Harrison’s home. It was the closest they’d have to a guarantee that the place would be empty – or at least that Harrison and Boyd would not have any guests in the house at the time. The man responsible for the raid was Sgt. Norman Pilcher of the Drugs Squad, which had already gained notoriety for specifically coveting rock stars like a hunter targeting grizzlies; he had previously busted Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton.
Even more asinine was the cops made themselves at home while Patti just sat helplessly and they combed through all their stuff. Some watched TV, and another had the balls to make small talk with Patti about the Beatles working on new music. That’s like raiding Tom Brady’s house and writing “Go Patriots!” on the ticket.
With every mistake, we must surely be learning.
— George Harrison
All of the police, except the hair-up-his-butt Sgt. Pilcher, acted like giddy Beatles fanboys when George arrived. And when they arrived at the station the local authorities couldn’t believe Pilcher made a Beatle do the shameful perp walk and do everything else involved with actual criminals.
Eventually the couple got released on bail and were found guilty of cannabis possession – Pilcher found a brick of hashish during the raid – and received fines for punishment. Basically got slapped on the wrist. In retrospect, the whole thing was a joke and a waste of time.
The brief video clip below shows Harrison and Boyd exiting their home after the bust:
George apparently remarked “I hope the police will leave us alone now” at the time the below photo was taken. They pretty much did – but the same can’t be said for plagiarism lawyers.