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Remember When Waylon Jennings Was Arrested on Charges of Cocaine Possession?

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Thirty five years ago this week, Waylon Jennings‘ drug habit became very public knowledge when the singer was arrested in a Nashville recording studio and charged with conspiracy and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. The charges were eventually dropped — he’s rumored to have flushed the drugs before the cops could produce a warrant — but the story led to the hit song ‘Don’t You Think This Outlaw Bit’s Done Got Outta Hand.’

In his later years, Jennings was open and honest about his addiction, saying, “I did more drugs than anybody you ever saw in your life.” At one point, he claims he had a $1,500 a day cocaine habit that he wasn’t able to kick until he went cold turkey in 1984. The heavy drug use contributed to health problems for the singer, which eventually led to his death in February 2002 at the age of 64.

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