A History of Celebrities Getting Caught with Drugs

Louis Armstrong

Year: 1930
Drug caught with: Marijuana
Consequence: Lung power is needed to play the trumpet that well, right? The legendary jazz musician was arrested while smoking outside The Cotton Club in California with drummer Vic Berton in 1930. Armstrong and Berton were said to have laughed through their entire jail stint, until the next morning when they were charged by California police with possession of marijuana and sentenced to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine each. The charges were later said to be dropped due to the corruption, but in this case, it was the life-saving connection between Prohibition-era club-owners and the police.

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