Farmer's friend Willie Nelson, who will sing out for Farm Aid at Camden's Tweeter Center on Sept. 30, ran into trouble with the law in Louisiana yesterday over some organic material, the Associated Press reports.
Nelson and four others were on the road again, on Interstate 10 near Lafayette, La., when they received misdemeanor citations for possession of narcotic mushrooms and marijuana after the singer's tour bus was stopped for a commercial vehicle inspection, according to Louisiana state police.
"When the door was opened and the trooper began to speak to the driver, he smelled the strong odor of marijuana," a state police news release said.
A search of the bus yielded 11/2 pounds of weed and 0.2 pound of shrooms, according to state police.
Nelson's publicist, Elaine Shock, told The Inquirer that Nelson still would perform in Camden.
Also cited were Nelson's sister, Bobbie Nelson, 75, of Briarcliff, Texas; Tony Sizemore, 59, of St. Cloud, Fla.; Gates Moore, 54, of Austin, Texas; and David Anderson, 50, of Dallas.
Each was released after being issued a citation.
Nelson, 73, who founded the annual Farm Aid fund-raising concert in 1985, is scheduled to appear at this year's event with fellow Farm Aid board members Neil Young, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp.
By Gene D'Alessandro
Inquirer Staff Writer
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