Author Philip Norman claims that the infamous raid at Redlands where both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards where arrested for drug possession in February 1967 was in fact a carefully orchestrated plot by the British secret service and the FBI, according to a report by Classic Rock.
Norman spoke about the plot to the Daily Mail, telling them how a man named David Snyderman, who was known to the Stones as 'Acid King David' was arrested at Heathrow Airport for drug possession.
The MI5 supposedly gave Snyderman a deal which meant he would get off free if he helped them in orchestrating the arrests of Jagger and Richards by acting as their drug dealer. The ultimate goal for the FBI was supposedly to make sure the Rolling Stones would not be permitted to enter the U.S. on account of being convicted of drug possession.
Both of the 'Glimmer Twins' did do time as a result of the arrests, but thankfully it did nothing to stop the Rolling Stones on either side of the Atlantic. Just imagine if the world had been deprived of such masterpieces as Exile on Main St. and Sticky Fingers. Would the music scene be different today if those albums that inspired so many musicians had never been released?