Willie Nelson arrested for marijuana possession

Posted Nov 27, 2010 by Kim I. Hartman
Country music legend Willie Nelson, 77, was arrested Friday morning in Sierra Blanca, Texas at a Border Patrol checkpoint for allegedly possessing six ounces of marijuana.
Country star Willie Nelson
Country star Willie Nelson
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According to Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West, Nelson was traveling in his tour bus from California to Austin when Nelson was detained by Border Patrol agents at about 9 a.m. Friday.
US Border Patrol spokesman Bill Brooks says the bus pulled into the Sierra Blanca, Texas, checkpoint about 9 a.m. Friday. Brooks says an officer smelled pot when a door was opened and a search turned up marijuana, the AP reported.
Brooks said, "the Hudspeth County Sheriff was contacted and confirmed Nelson was among three people arrested."
Hudspeth County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the checkpoint and then booked Nelson into the county jail on a $2,500 bond. He posted the bond and was on his way back Austin, according to a report by KVIA, ABC news 7.
Border Patrol agents conducting a search of the singer's tour bus found about six ounces of marijuana, which Nelson claimed was his, according to Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West, said the El Paso Times.
In late January of this year, six of Nelson's band and crew members were busted in North Carolina for allegedly possessing moonshine and marijuana in a vehicle they were in. They were issued citations, the KVIA report added.
In other January news, Nelson's tour bus was stopped at the Sierra Blanca Border Patrol check point for five hours and searched, according to a blog post by Nelson's daughter at the time of the incident. The group received one citation, but she did not say what it was for.
Authorities searched Nelson's tour bus back in 2006 in Louisiana, Digital Journal reported, and found approximately one and half pounds of marijuana and mushrooms. Nelson was charged with a misdemeanor and was fined just over a thousand dollars and received six month's probation.
Nelson has been a long-time advocate for medical marijuana and for the legalization of marijuana. His continued run-ins with the law over simple possession charges are testament to his daily usage, that he speaks about openly.
The folks at Spinner said, "Many have joked about legalizing Nelson's tour bus to make it a puff-friendly zone, and after this latest brush with the law, it appears that might be the only way to keep old Nelson out of trouble."