“His (Cranford's) instincts were good; the guys were a walking drugstore,” Scott Freeman wrote in his 1995 book, "Midnight Riders." “They were charged with possession of heroin, marijuana and phencyclidine, the animal tranquilizer better known as PCP."
According to a March 24, 1971, article in the Selma Times-Journal, the band had been traveling by car for an engagement at the University of Montevallo. They were held in the Clarke County Jail before each member posted a $2,000 bond the next day, the newspaper reported.
The band later reached an agreement with prosecutors by pleading guilty to disturbing the peace. The band members paid $4,000 in fines and court fees, AL.com reported.