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Sir Mick once a 'dreg of society'

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LONDON, England -- Nowadays, he's referred to as "Sir." But Mick Jagger certainly wasn't a respected member of the establishment 35 years ago -- at least not in the eyes of the police.

The Rolling Stones' singer, already a rock legend in the late 1960s, was viewed by the London constabulary as one of the "dregs of society" who was immersed in a world of "dangerous drugs."

According to official documents, released by Britain's National Archives, Sir Mick drew the wrath of the Scotland Yard by alleging that police had tried to plant drugs on him during a raid of his Chelsea home in 1969.

Jagger also accused Detective Sgt. Robin Constable, who led the raid, of demanding a bribe to drop the charges.

Those claims formed the basis of Jagger's defense during his trial at Marlborough Street Magistrates Court for cannabis possession. During the trial, he also claimed that the cannabis seized at his home had "shrunk" while in police possession -- implying that corrupt police had sold some of it.

Jagger -- knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 -- was found guilty of the cannabis charge and received a fine of £200 ($354 at today's exchange rate). Nevertheless, the police decided to investigate his claims.

However, the documents show the inquiry had little sympathy for Jagger's devilish lifestyle, rejecting his accusations and deriding the witnesses he had called in his defense.

"The private persons interviewed during the course of this investigation represent extreme ends of the scale. At one end are public figures whilst at the other are the dregs of society," wrote Commander Robert Huntley, who oversaw the inquiry.

" At one end are public figures whilst at the other are the dregs of society. " - Commander Robert Huntley

"It is interesting to note that those who purport to give first-hand evidence in support of the allegations are at the lower end of the scale, being drug users or trafficking in them."

Huntley added: "Michael Jagger is an intelligent young man, and doubtless is on the fringe, if not embroiled in the world of users of dangerous drugs."

Jagger's girlfriend of the time, singer and actress Marianne Faithfull, was described by Huntley as an "unreliable person."

"Throughout the interview with her she said several times: 'Is this what you want me to say?' as though seeking reassurance that her version was what was required. I would not be prepared to place any reliance at all upon this woman."

During the inquiry, Jagger alleged that said Sgt. Constable had tried to plant "white powder" in a piece of folded paper that came from a box in his house. "I think he put the box down and opened the folded paper.

"He said 'Ah, ah,' we won't have to look much further'," Jagger said in his statement. "As I got to him he showed me the paper and I saw it contained some white powder. I said 'You bastard, you planted me with heroin."'

Jagger also told the inquiry that the officer had tried to solicit money in order to drop the case.

"He said, 'Don't worry about it Mick, we can sort it all out.' I said 'No, we can't.' He said, 'Come on, how much is it worth to you?' He seemed to want me to name a figure but I did not want to," Jagger said.

"He twice asked me how much it was worth. He then said 'a thousand', but I never replied. After this he said to me 'You can have your money back if it doesn't work'."


Police claimed Jagger was ivolved in a world of "dangerous drugs."



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