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The great Rolling Stones drug bust

  • On the anniversary of their 1967 drug bust, we take a look the photos from that fateful night at Keith Richards' West Sussex mansion. While the other party goers preferred a van ride from the beach back to Redlands, Keith decided to retreat on foot. Evidently, the gravel outside Rose Cottage on the B1279 was much to his liking.

    Photo: Michael Cooper/Raj Prem Collection

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  • Just hours before the raid on Redlands on February 12, 1967, Keith is pictured by Michael Cooper larking around outside his West Wittering cottage.

    Photo: Michael Cooper/Raj Prem Collections

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  • David Schneiderman, AKA David Britton, AKA David Jove. The legendary “Acid King” his leather attaché case cum mobile dispensary on display.

    Photo: Ed Ochs

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  • En route to Chichester Magistrates Court on May 10, Mick and Keith appear vaguely unconcerned with what lay ahead for them.

    Photo: Ted West/Central Press/Getty Images

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  • Leaving Chichester, England court, May 10, 1967 after electing to be tied by jury on drug possession charges.

    Photo: PA

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  • Mick and Keith leave Chichester Magistrates Court after pleading not guilty to charges emanating from the Redlands’ raid, May 10.

    Photo: Graham Wood/Getty Images

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  • Judge Leslie Kenneth Allen Block, Chairman of the bench at Chichester Court. Stern, intransigent and unforgiving, Block clearly revelled in the opportunity to put Mick and Keith behind bars.

    Photo: Henfield Village Museum

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  • Found guilty and handcuffed to a warder, Mick is driven from Chichester Court to Lewes Prison to be held until sentencing was decided, June 27, 1967.

    Photo: Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis

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  • Just hours after the details of the raid have been read out in court, Marianne Faithfull is photographed at Redlands carrying an early edition of the London Evening News – its headline forever connecting her with the scandal.

    Photo: David McEnery/Rex Features

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  • The jailing of Mick and Keith brought an extraordinary amount of support from their peers. In an act of solidarity, The Who rush-released a single containing two Jagger/Richards songs: ‘The Last Time’ and ‘Under My Thumb’.

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  • A few hours after Mick’s prison sentence was reduced to a conditional discharge, he was flown from Battersea Airport to Spain’s Hall in Essex to appear on a World In Action TV special. With him are Marianne Faithfull and Granada researcher John (now Lord) Birt.

    Photo: CSU Archv/Everett/Rex Features

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  • Butterfly On A Wheel: The Great Rolling Stones Drugs Bust by Simon Wells is published by Omnibus Press. Available now in paperback and eBook format www.omnibuspress.com

    Photo: Omnibus Press/Ted West/Central Press/Getty Images

    Added: 09 Feb 2012