May 3, 1969














On this day in 1969, Jimi Hendrix was arrested at Pearson International Airport in Toronto after customs security found heroin and hash in his luggage.

Hendrix was released on a $10,000 cash bond that same day.

Later that evening, Hendrix and The Experience played a show at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens.

Hendrix was ordered to appear in court on a later date. During the trial, Hendrix’s defense for having the narcotics was that a fan must have slipped the stuff in his luggage without his knowledge.

He was acquitted of all charges.

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