1960s hippie fugitive arrested in S.F.

Sept. 30, 2009 at 2:50 PM
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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The last remaining fugitive from a bunch of 1960s drug-smuggling hippies has been arrested in San Francisco, authorities say.

Brenice Lee Smith, a member of the Los Angeles hippie clan the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, was taken into custody last weekend as he got off a plane after arriving from Kathmandu, Nepal, the OC Weekly in Orange County, Calif., reported Wednesday.

A spokesperson for the Redwood City jail where Smith was being held told the publication it was likely the "Hippie Mafia" fugitive would be extradited to Orange County this week.

Smith was being sought on two nearly 40-year-old warrants in which he and other Brotherhood of Eternal Love members were charged with smuggling hashish into the United States from Afghanistan and for manufacturing the group's trademark LSD, "Orange Sunshine," through which they said they hoped to change the consciousness of the world, the OC Weekly reported.

Friends and former Brotherhood members reportedly said Smith had been living in Nepal since 1981, part of that time as a Buddhist monk, but decided to return when attacks by Maoist guerrillas prompted concerns for the safety of his 21-year-old daughter.

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