Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee has talked about the fact that the group used to smuggle drugs aboard both their tour bus and their private jet back in the day, but in recently re-released video from Lee’s appearance last year on Steve-O’s Wild Ride podcast, the drummer reveals exactly how they got away with it.
He said, “If you’re on your tour bus… in the back (there’s a vent) almost like an emergency exit. As soon as we’d stop and pull into immigration, we’d pop the top, nice and slow, take everything, put it up on the roof of the bus and close the ventilation. Dog, immigration dudes come through the bus, ‘Alright, all good. See you guys later.’ As soon as the f**kin’ bus door shut, pop that up and pull it in.”
Lee said the band used a similar trick on their plane. He explained, “On an airplane you’ve got your headliner upholstery. We’d take f**kin’ cocaine, whatever it was, do as much as we could before we get there, whatever’s left we’d stick… above my seat, for some reason, there was a little f**kin’ rip in the headliner, so we’d f**kin’ get the f**kin’ bag of blow and just really crank it down as little as we could and f**kin’ just get it up inside the headliner with a little piece of double-sided tape. You couldn’t tell.”
Lee said he was always nervous that drug-sniffing dogs would find the stash on the plane, but, he added, “We pulled that off several times and never got busted.”