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JOHN LENNON FINED £150 ON DRUG CHARGE

November 29, 1968


John Winston Lennon, aged 28, of The Beatles, was fined £150 with 20 guineas costs at Marylebone Magistrates Court yesterday when he pleaded guilty to unauthorized possession of 219 grains of Cannabis resin found when detectives accompanied by dogs searched his flat at Montagu Square, Marylebone, on October 18.

Appearing with him on remand was Yoko Ono Cox, aged 34, artist, of the same address, who denied charges of unauthorized possession of the drug and willingly obstructed Detective Sargeant Norman Pilcher when he was exercizing his powers under the Dangerous Drugs Act.

She was discharged and Mr. Lennon was also discharged on a simpler charge of obstructing the officer, which he denied. The prosecution offered no evidence on those three counts.

Mr. Roger Frisby for the prosecution told Mr. John Phipps, the Magistrate, that although the flat appeared to be in the joint occupation of the couple, Mr. Lennon had taken the responsibility for the drugs and said Mrs. Cox had nothing to do with it.

Mr. Frisby said that when the officers got into the flat and told Mr. Lennon that they had a search warrant they found a large quantity of drugs properly prescribed by Mr. Lennon's doctor. When asked if he had any he should not have, such as Cannibis, Mr. Lennon shook his head.

Mr. Frisby said a cigarette-rolling machine found on top of a bathroom mirror, a tin originally containing film found in a bedroom and a cigarette case all bore traces of Cannibis resin. In an envelope in a suitcase was found 27.3 grains of the drug and 19.8 grains were in a binocular case nosed out by a dog, on the mantel in the living room.

~TIMES

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