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Fiona Apple Arrested for Hash in Texas

By Rob Cypher, Sep 20, 2012 | Updated: Sep 23, 2012 | | |
  1. Rob Cypher
    Fiona Apple was arrested at a border stop in Texas yesterday ... after authorities claim they found hashish on the "Criminal" singer's tour bus ... TMZ has learned.

    It all went down in Sierra Blanca, TX -- where stars like Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg and Armie Hammer have all been arrested for drugs in the past.

    But apparently, Apple didn't learn from their mistakes ... and when her bus was stopped for inspection, cops turned up the hash -- a strong form of cannabis.

    Cops say Apple was also in possession of a small amount of weed.

    The 35-year-old singer was arrested for possession and is currently being held at Hudspeth County Jail.



  1. SamanthaRabbit
    Fiona Apple Admitted Drugs Were Her's... Cops Say

    Fiona Apple "freely admitted" the hash and the weed on her tour bus belonged to her when cops discovered the drugs last night ... so says the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Office.

    Cops say .... Apple's 2004 tour bus entered the U.S. Border Patrol Checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, TX around 8 PM on Sept. 19 and officers performed a "routine" check of the vehicle.

    During the sweep, officers used drug-sniffing dogs ... which detected the presence of narcotics in a blue backpack.

    Cops say the backpack contained a glass container with .01 pounds of weed and .01 pounds of hash.

    For all of you squares law-abiders unfamiliar with drug weight -- the weed is equivalent to the size of a baseball ... and the hash is equivalent to the size of a golf ball.

    Cops say Apple "freely admitted" the drugs were hers and she was placed under arrest.

    According to police, Apple spent the night in jail -- and was released earlier today on $10,000 bond.

  2. SamanthaRabbit
    Fiona Apple Concert Postponed After Her Arrest for Drug Possession

    Singer Fiona Apple, who was arrested Wednesday in Texas for possession of hashish and marijuana, was released from jail Thursday after posting a $10,000 bond, the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

    According to the sheriff's office, Apple's tour bus came through a border-patrol checkpoint Wednesday night at 8 p.m. CT. During a routine citizenship check, a border-patrol canine detected the presence of controlled substances and the dog found hashish and marijuana in a blue backpack. Apple admitted the substances were hers, and was taken to jail Wednesday night.

    A concert Apple was scheduled to play Thursday night at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas, has been postponed. A theater spokeswoman told TODAY.com she expects to announce the new date within 24 hours.

    The hashtag #FreeFiona started trending on Twitter Thursday afternoon, with fans showing support for the singer.

    "So what jail are we all mailing apples to again?" wrote Maura Johnston.

    Others felt Apple should have known better. Wrote Baeblemusic, "Is anyone else confused by all the #freefiona battle cries? She broke the law, it's not like she's being wrongfully occupied by China." Apple is far from the only singer to spend time in the Hudspeth County Jail for drug charges.

    The Huffington Post reports that Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg and actor Armie Hammer are among those who have been arrested at a nearby border-patrol checkpoint. According to the Huffington Post, "drug-sniffing dogs inspect more than 17,000 trucks, travelers and tour buses daily" at the checkpoint. At least one Twitter fan felt the region's reputation should have preceded it. Tweeted Jason Cohen, "Don't they teach people about Sierra Blanca at road manager school?"

  3. Rob Cypher
    Fiona Apple could get up to 10 years in prison due to Texas hash laws

    Singer Fiona Apple may face serious jail time in Texas thanks to a state law that classifies possession of any amount of hashish, no matter how small, as a third-degree felony.

    In Texas, a third-degree felony is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, or no less than two, along with a fine of up to $10,000.

    Apple was arrested Wednesday at a west Texas narcotics checkpoint near the Mexican border. Hudspeth County, where she was stopped, is notorious for busting celebrities on their way through Texas from California. Other high-profile busts in Hudspeth include rapper Snoop Dogg, country singer Willie Nelson and hacker George Hotz.

    Police said a drug dog alerted them to Apple’s tour vehicle. Inside, they discovered a backpack that contained about four grams of marijuana and four grams of hashish. Hashish is also marijuana, but Texas differentiates between the two because hashish is more expensive and has a higher concentration of the plant’s psychoactive compounds.

    The state is one of a handful that’s implemented more severe penalties for people caught with what the law calls “resinous extractives of Cannabis,” which it categorizes similarly to synthetic substances that mimic the effects of marijuana, like “Spice” and “K2.” Most states treat hashish similarly to marijuana and impose identical penalties for minor possession.

    Texas, however, counts up to four grams of hashish as a third-degree felony. Go even a hair over four grams and the state jumps the offense class up to a second-degree felony, carrying a potential jail term of up to 20 years. Suspects caught with more than 400 grams fall under the law’s first-degree felony classification, which carries a potential jail term of 99 years.

    Apple reportedly posted a $10,000 bail bond on Thursday and was released. Her promoter did not respond to Raw Story‘s request for comment.

  4. profesor
    Plea Bargaining. No jail time- my prediction. The DA does not want to be the one to put a famous celebrity, and much less a waifish, attractive female one, into prison. Plus it seems likely to me that she might be covering for someone else who is on the tour. "Freely admitted" doesn't really mean shit in cases like this. It will cost her I'm sure. It looks like Texas has a good racket going in shaking down famous performers.
  5. Rob Cypher
    Fiona Apple looks gaunt and strained as she emerges for the first time since arrest

    Fiona Apple has emerged for the first time since she was arrested for cannabis possession at a West Texas town last week.

    The singer, 35, looked shockingly gaunt as she arrived at the House of Blue in New Orleans on Monday.
    She wore a loose brown dress, patterned tights and a cardigan over her frail frame and appeared tense and strained as she dashed into the venue.

    Apple, best known for her Nineties hit Criminal, spent the night in a county jail in Sierra Blanca after she was arrested for hashish possession at a West Texas border patrol checkpoint on Wednesday.
    She was released the following day after posting bail.

    A drug-sniffing dog detected marijuana in her tour bus and police allegedly found the drugs in a backpack - about four grams of marijuana and a plastic bag with about four grams of a clay-like substance that tested positive for hashish, according to the sheriff's office.

    Apple admitted the drugs were hers, police said.

    While marijuana possession in small amounts is a misdemeanor, the Texas Controlled Substance Act says possession of hashish in any quantity is a felony.

    Hashish is a drug prepared with the resin of the marijuana plant. It contains the same active ingredients as marijuana, but in much higher concentrations.

    [ed. note: I've uploaded two pictures of her. One is from 2006 and the other was taken just after her release from the Texas jail earlier this month.]

  6. Rob Cypher
    Fiona apple - texas police officers respond to her complaints

    After being locked in a Texas jail, the singer spoke out against the cops' behavior. One of them has responded.

    After being held overnight on $10,000 bail in a Texas county jail cell Thursday, singer Fiona Apple narrated for a Houston audience, a cryptic version of her experience after her arrest:

    Now, most of the people were very nice to me. There are four of you out there, and I want you to know that I heard everything you did. I wrote it all down with your names and everything you did and said stupidly thinking that I couldn’t hear or see you. I then ripped the paper up, but not before I encoded it and– I got two lock boxes. We’ll call them ‘holding cell one’ and ‘holding cell two.’ In ‘holding cell one’ is the encoded version of the shit that you did that I know was inappropriate and probably illegal. In ‘holding cell two’ is the decoder. I’m the only one who holds the key, and you and I will be intimate forever because I will hold that secret forever. Unless of course the celebrity that you had so much interest in but you wanted to accuse me of bringing up while you laughed at me all night? Unless you’re interested in being a celebrity, I’ll make you fucking famous any time you ask and I’ll open those boxes. So why don’t you stay in your fucking holding cell?

    It’s not clear what Apple is referring to, but the offenses sound serious. Hudspeth County officers don’t seem to be upset; rather, Sheriff’s Department spokesman Rusty Fleming seems to be egging her on. Fleming released the following statement, addressed to Apple:

    First, Honey, I’m already more famous than you, I don’t need your help. However, it would appear that you need mine. Two weeks ago nobody in the country cared about what you had to say, — now that you’ve been arrested it appears your entire career has been jump-started. Don’t worry Sweetie, I won’t bill you.

    Next, have you ever heard of Snoop, Willie or Armand Hammer? Maybe if you would read something besides your own press releases, you would have known BEFORE you got here, that if you come to Texas with dope, the cops will take your DOPE away and put YOU in jail.

    Even though you and I only met briefly in the hallway, I don’t know you but I’m sure you’re an awesome and talented young woman and even though I’m not a fan of yours, I am sure there are thousands of them out there, and I’m sure that they would just as soon you get this all behind you and let you go back to what you do best—so my last piece of advice is simple “just shut-up and sing".

    Rusty Fleming

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