Twenty fans are apprehended while marking the 20th anniversary of their hero's death because they were reportedly smoking marijuana - how ironic...

Twenty JOHN LENNON fans were arrested on drugs charges while attending a vigil marking the 20th anniversary of their hero’s death in NEW YORK.

According to the New York Daily News, undercover police in Central Park arrested the fans on December 8, the evening Lennon was murdered by crazed fan Mark Chapman in 1980. Apart from the drug arrests, the event, attended by an estimated 1,000 people, is said to have been peaceful.

Of the 20, one was arrested for selling marijuana, the other nineteen for smoking it.

Speaking about the arrests, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said: “I don’t know why anybody would be shocked. It is illegal in the state of New York and the United States of America to sell marijuana or to smoke marijuana. The people who were smoking marijuana were breaking the law, and police arrest you when you break the law in America.”