Mr. Johnny Cash the “Man In Black” had a famous bad boy outlaw image. With song like “Folsom Prison Blues“an his live concerts “At Folsom Prison” and “At San Quentin” it would lead you to believe he was a hardened criminal, yet Cash never served a prison sentence. He was arrested seven times for misdemeanors and never spent more then one night in jail. His most famous arrest being this arrest on October 4, 1965 in El Paso, Texas.
The “Man in Black” was returning by plane from a trip to Juarez, Mexico when he was arrested by a narcotics officers at the El Paso International Airport. The officers suspected he was smuggling heroin from Mexico, but instead found 688 Dexedrine capsules (amphetamines) and 475 Equanil (sedatives or tranquilizers) tablets that the singer had hidden inside his guitar case.
Check out the hand-cuffed Cash looking bad-ass the day after his arrest with his bondsman and a U.S. Marshall being tranferred from El Paso County Jail to the Federal Courthouse.
Because the pills were prescription drugs rather than illegal narcotics, Cash paid a $1000 fine and received a 30-day suspended sentence. He said:
“It was bad, very bad, misconduct on my part”
Cash was actually a good guy who earned a good conduct medal while serving with the United States Air Force.
While in the Air Force, Cash was actually the first radio operator to pick up the news of the death of Soviet Dictator Joseph Stalin in 1953 and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant on July 3, 1954.
The Mugshot and the bad boy image sure seems a lot cooler and definitely sold more records.