Mick's Girlfriend Is Jailed After Receiving a Surprise Package

updated 02/09/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/09/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

It was all a "horrible mistake," insists Jerry Hall. Mistake or not, it cost Hall, Mick Jagger's model girlfriend, a night in a Caribbean jail and an order to stand trial Feb. 13 on charges of possessing 20 pounds of marijuana. The way Hall tells it, she had accompanied Jagger to Barbados three weeks ago on a working holiday. Mick was recording in a local studio, and she was enjoying the island atmosphere with their two small children before heading to Paris for a stint of modeling. Hall says that she went to the airport to pick up a canvas travel bag, sent from the couple's retreat in nearby Mustique and containing warm clothes for her sojourn in Paris. Customs officials took her to a room and showed her a cardboard box. "It had G. Hall on the baggage ticket," she says. "I told them that wasn't how I spelled my name, with a G, and it didn't fit the description of the bag I was expecting. I said, 'I'm sure that's not my bag, but, well, look, I'll open it and if my things aren't in it, then it's not mine.' Then I opened it up and inside there were these plastic packages and one was torn and there were all these leaves sticking out and this huge odor."

Although an airline employee reportedly insisted that she had written Hall's name on the box by mistake, the customs men turned Hall over to the police. The 30-year-old blonde spent the night in a concrete cell with a peephole and emerged next morning to appear in court, where she pleaded not guilty. Chief Magistrate Frank King released her on $5,000 bail but ordered that her passport be held to ensure her presence at the trial. If convicted, she could receive up to two years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Hall, who has been airing her case in the press, calls her night behind bars "the worst of my life. You know, I've never even had a traffic ticket. Everyone who knows me knows that I'm very antidrug. My friends say I'm the Nancy Reagan of the rock 'n' roll world. You know, it's funny. I was watching Gone With the Wind on video the night before I got arrested, and I was thinking, 'Poor Scarlett! Nothing so horrible has ever happened to me.' "

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