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Jerry Hall Says Arrest Was Horrible Mistake

January 23, 1987 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ Model Jerry Hall, the girlfriend of rocker Mick Jagger, said Friday her arrest in Barbados for marijuana possession was a ″terrible, freak mistake″ that occurred when she picked up a package at the airport that wasn’t hers.

″I’m sure that it will all be straightened out and the charges dropped,″ Ms. Hall said in a telephone interview from a villa on the island.

The Texas native was arrested Wednesday at Grantley Adams International Airport outside Bridgetown and charged with possession of 20 pounds of marijuana.

She said she went to the airport after an airline called her to tell her they had found a parcel of her belongings that had been misplaced.

″They showed me a box with a label ‘G. Hall’ that did not fit the description of the bag I was expecting,″ Ms. Hall said. ″I said to the customs officer that I didn’t think it was mine and I wanted to open it and see.″

Inside, she said, ″were these plastic packages. One was open and it had plant leaves and seeds sticking out. I said, ’This is not mine.‴

Ms. Hall, 30, said she was arrested and kept in custody for 21 hours. She pleaded innocent at her arraignment and was released on $10,000 bail.

″I spent the worst night of my life in jail,″ she said. ″It was horrible being away from my two darling children.″

She and Jagger, the lead singer of the Rolling Stones, own a vacation home on the nearby island of Mustique. They were renting a villa on Barbados because Jagger was recording at a studio in Bridgetown.

According to Ms. Hall, the mistake began when an employee of Mustique Airways put the ″G. Hall″ label on the box of marijuana because it had been unclaimed for several days and assumed it was Ms. Hall’s missing parcel.

Ms. Hall’s package contained a sweater, music cassettes, camera equipment and a book of poetry that she had asked her butler in Mustique to send her.

Ms. Hall said her missing package has since been found in a locker at the airport in Barbados.

″It’s a terrible, freak mistake and I just want to put all this behind me,″ she said.

A Feb. 13 trial date has been set. If convicted, she faces a maximum of five years in jail and a $125,000 fine.