Linda & Paul McCartney judged for drug possession in Barbados

Monday, January 16, 1984
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From The Beatles Diary Volume 2: After The Break-Up 1970-2001 by Keith Badman:

In the Barbados courthouse, Paul and Linda appear before Judge Haynes Blackman and plead guilty to possession of marijuana. They are fined 200 Barbados dollars ($100 dollars) each. Paul’s Barbados lawyer David Simmons tells the judge: “Paul is a very talented and creative person. People who have this talent sometimes need inspiration.” Following the hearing, they get ready to head back to England, the flights having been booked before their court appearance. Chief Immigration officer Kenrick Hutson is quick to point out that the McCartneys were not deported and they will be free to return. (Paul’s court appearance takes place four years to the day after he was arrested in Japan.) As Paul leaves the court, he remarks to waiting reporters: “I’ve got absolutely no grudges and no complaints. It was a small amount of cannabis and I intended to use it, but the police came to my place and I gave them 10 grams of cannabis. Linda had another small carton of cannabis (seven grams) in her handbag.

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