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Willie Nelson arrested for marijuana possession

  1. SamanthaRabbit
    Willie Nelson arrested for pot possession

    SIERRA BLANCA, Texas(UPI) -- Country music star Willie Nelson has been released from Hudspeth County Jail in Texas after he was charged with possession of 6 ounces of marijuana.

    TMZ said Nelson, 77, was arrested Friday morning when his tour bus was stopped at a Border Patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca.

    He was booked into the county lockup on a $2,500 bond, which he quickly posted and was released later in the day, the celebrity news Web site said.

    November 26, 2010


  1. buckcamp
    [IMGL="white"]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=18082&stc=1&d=1290879827[/IMGL]SIERRA BLANCA, Texas -- A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman says country singer Willie Nelson was charged with marijuana possession after 6 ounces was found aboard his tour bus in Texas.
    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 wasopened and a search turned up marijuana.

    Brooks says the Hudspeth County sheriff was contacted and Nelson was among three people arrested.

    Sheriff Arvin West didn't immediately return a phone message left at his home Friday, but he told the El Paso Times that Nelson claimed the marijuana was his. The singer was held briefly a $2,500 bond before being released.

    Nelson spokeswoman Elaine Schock declined to comment when contacted via e-mail by The Associated Press.

    Published November 27, 2010 | Associated Press
  2. Killa Weigha
    Ha, SWIM knows of a particular roadie crew whose tour bus was stopped at a checkpoint and mj was also found. However, this was the crew for the Jonas Bros. et. al. last summer. Of course none of those children were aboard (they fly) so as there was nothing newsworthy the evil weed was confiscated and the bus was sent on it's way. Hmmmmmm
  3. RaoulDuke32
    checkpoints are bullshit people need to realize what they are: getting you to submit to searches and other unconstitutional harassment.
    If it were some illegal immigrant instead of willie they wouldve sent him on his way as they cant charge him.

    Willie Nelson smoking pot= a huge danger to our societal fabric as we know it.
  4. talltom
    Willie Nelson Wants Marijuana Legalization

    An American music icon is calling for a political party devoted to marijuana legalization after his third pot bust in five years. After his third pot possession bust in five years, country music legend Willie Nelson has had enough. He told former High Times editor Steve Bloom's CelebStoner web site Sunday it is time for a new, pro-marijuana political party.

    "There's the Tea Party. How about the Teapot Party? Our motto: We lean a little to the left," Nelson said. "Tax it, regulate it and legalize it, and stop the border wars over drugs. Why should the drug lords make all the money? Thousands of lives will be saved."

    Nelson was arrested Friday at a border checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas, on Friday after officials smelled marijuana. They searched the vehicle with drug-sniffing dogs and found six ounces of pot. Nelson was arrested and jailed until he posted a $2,500 bond later that afternoon.

    Nelson's arrest was just one of what are likely to be around 900,000 pot busts this year, the vast majority for simple possession. Last year, more than 850,000 people were arrested for marijuana offenses.

    Despite a raft of recent polls showing increasing support for marijuana legalization nationwide and majority support on the West Coast, the number of members of Congress showing any interest in moving toward marijuana legalization remains in the one-figures. However, there have been rumors of support in some influential Democratic circles for marijuana legalization as a get-out-the-vote strategy. Dozens of Democratic organizations in California lent their endorsement to this year's Proposition 19 ballot initiative, as did the Republican Liberty Caucus.

    by Phillip Smith
    November 28, 2010

  5. buckcamp
    Willie Nelson Will Likely Go to Jail for Pot Bust, Expert Says

    Willie Nelson Will Likely Go to Jail for Pot Bust, Expert Says

    [IMGL="white"]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=18109&stc=1&d=1291063623[/IMGL]Willie Nelson was arrested in Sierra Blanca, Texas on Friday for possession of six ounces of pot. As a result, the country music legend faces as many as two years behind bars.

    “If the Texas prosecutors do not reduce the charges, and the marijuana's weight is indeed six ounces, then he is dealing with felony and a potential minimum of 180 days in a county jail and a maximum of two years, with a $10,000 fine,” explained former California-based prosecutor, Robin Sax.

    The arrest came after a border patrol officer smelled the substance on Nelson’s tour bus at a checkpoint. After the marijuana was discovered, the braided country music legend and two others were arrested.

    Nelson was was held briefly on a $2,500 bond before being released.
    Sax said that Nelson’s history of arrests is likely to work against him in the eyes of the law, and, unlike if his arrest occurred in California, jail time is probable.

    Nelson, 77, was arrested with one-and-a-half pounds of marijuana and three ounces of hallucinogenic mushrooms on his tour bus in 2006, and nine years before that, police in Waco, Texas spotted a joint in his car’s ash tray, prompting another arrest.

    “Texas is more stringent than California so he could face time. One of the issues that the court and prosecutors will look at is his prior record and given the fact that he has several arrests, even recent ones, for pot related crimes," Sax said. "I would not be surprised if Texas decided to stick it to him."

    Nelson has won multiple Grammys, CMAs, AMAs - you name it, and is best known for songs like "Crazy" and "On the Road Again."

    By Hollie McKay
    Published November 29, 2010 | FoxNews.com
  6. Wanderer
    Sorry to rant a bit here, but this makes me, SWIM, the hamster, the chinchillas, and all the critters a little bit more than just upset.

    Texas also stuck it to David Crosby once upon a time, I think. But then, that was for cocaine.

    Willie Nelson is no threat to society, and has actually done a lot of good and promoted goodwill towards all. I don't think there is a malicious bone in this kind hearted man's body. He believes people should be free to enjoy themselves, as evidenced by his annual 4th of July Picnics he used to have, and what could be more patriotic than getting people together and celebrating the 4th of July???

    When the Perdonales Country Club refused to allow him to have the picnic one year, he bought the country club and opened it to the public!

    He's been constantly harassed by the Federal Government (IRS), and other law enforcement at the State and Local levels. It's really sad to see him in trouble with the Government once again. The man is, say it again, absolutely harmless.

    Now is the time for Hollywood celebrities, musicians and entertainers from all over the world to call attention to this injustice and persecution by the "War on Drugs" which does nothing more than divide people rather than unite them. It would be the right thing to do for some of the people we look to for entertainment and news to stand up and fight for Willie.

    If there were a petition, there'd be many who would sign it for Willie. If there isn't one already, there should be. I'd like to call out to anyone out there who knows how to go about organizing such a thing as well as helping to provide legal defense for Willie to step forward and take up this cause.

    This could help to be a tipping point in the futile "War on Drugs," if enough people would just step forward.

    Besides, how can you fight a "War on Drugs?" The drugs don't put up a fight and can't even defend themselves. ;)

    Free Willie!
  7. Killa Weigha
    Leave it to Texas to put an old man in jail for weed. It really is near the top of the list of most bass-ackward places to be in the world. Surely they'll relent, lest even more citizens of the world become convinced of it's faschist tendencies. Fuckin secede already. And take Florida and Alabama with you. You are not welcome in this Union any longer.
  8. buckcamp
    (There are some legit people with "pull" getting behind Willie on this deal; see below...):applause:

    [h1] [/h1]
    [h1]Legal Experts Question Willie Nelson Pot Bust[/h1]
    [h2]Texas criminal defense lawyer Dick DeGuerin, Kinky Friedman speak out on arrest[/h2]
    Willie Nelson was arrested last Friday at a Border Patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas after agents seized six ounces of pot off his tour bus. If convicted, the 77-year-old country legend could face extended jail time — the offense carries a minimum sentence of 180 days in jail and a maximum sentence of two years plus a $10,000 fine.

    But the arrest doesn't sit well with Texas attorney Dick DeGuerin, a criminal defense lawyer who recently represented Tom Delay and country singer Billy Joe Shaver, and was lawyer to David Koresh during the 1993 FBI siege of the Branch Davidian ranch outside Waco, Texas. DeGuerin questions the lawfulness of the search, which he says occurred 100 miles from the Mexican border. "It needs to be contested," he says.

    "It's supposed to be a checkpoint only for aliens, and [agents] overstep their authority all the time," he says. "I've had several cases from that checkpoint and they just use the opportunity to check out anybody they want to. If you have long hair, if you're driving a van or it looks like you're from California or you look like a hippie, they do profiling."

    DeGuerin's advice for Nelson? "He needs to get a good lawyer," he says. "I wish him the best."(It's unclear who's currently representing Nelson.)

    Texas personality (and perennial gubernatorial candidate) Kinky Friedman also believes agents overstepped their boundaries. "The real crime here is that it occurred in a county that is one of the headquarters of the Zetas," he says, referring to the growing Mexican criminal drug cartel. "These guys don't have bigger fish to fry? The Zetas are taking over their county and they're busting Willie Nelson. That shows a real lack of priorities."

    Before Nelson's Thanksgiving break, Friedman joined the singer on the road for three days while the duo worked on an upcoming fiction book together. "He rolls 24 hours a day," says Friedman. "I couldn't take it — staying out all night, smoking dope. And I was the youngest person on the bus." (Friedman is 66.)

    Nelson has long advocated for the legalization of marijuana and has a history of arrests. In January, six of Nelson's band members were issued citations in North Carolina for reportedly possessing moonshine and marijuana. In 2006, he and four others on his bus were issued citations at a traffic stop in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana after authorities seized nearly 1.5 pounds of marijuana and 3 ounces of hallucinogenic mushrooms.

    Nelson and tour manager David Anderson both paid a $1,024 fine and served six months of probation. "Both bus drivers were over 50 years old," Nelson said at the time. "The other guys were 60 years old. My sister is 75, I'm 73, so it's like they busted an old folks home."

    The alleged six ounces that Nelson was carrying exceeds the four-ounce amount that triggers a felony. "Many prosecutors and DAs
    disagree with how strict Texas law is," says DeGuerin. "It was good several decades ago when they reduced small amount possessions to misdemeanors. Unfortunately, it left larger amounts to be felonies. I think the whole system needs to be reviewed and changed."
    (Mickey Raphael, Nelson's longtime harmonica player, previously told Rolling Stone that the singer is in good spirits. "He said he feels great — he lost six ounces.")

    "It's kind of surprising, but I mean we treat him like anybody else," Hudspeth County Sherriff Arvin West told the El Paso Times . "He could get 180 days in county jail," he added. "If he does, I'm going to make him cook and clean."

    That being said, DeGuerin doubts Nelson will see any jail time. "Well, he's Willie Nelson," he says. "He's an American hero."
    "Willie is a great historical troublemaker," Friedman added. "That's the kind that's moved mankind forward throughout history. Why wouldn't his life reflect his art?"

    By Patrick Doyle
    Nov 30, 2010 3:32 PM EST
  9. buckcamp
    And some more...

    Busting Willie Nelson for Weed Bolsters Cannabis Movement

    You can't keep a good man down, especially when he is supported by tens of millions of average Americans.

    [IMGL="white"]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=18156&stc=1&d=1291323669[/IMGL](SALEM, Ore.) - If he wasn’t a freedom fighter, a warrior, a martyr before, Willie Nelson certainly is now. Posing absolutely no threat to society, those that arrested Willie Nelson have created the perfect cannabis poster boy- and that’s what they’re talking about around kitchen tables and in living rooms all over the world. “Why are they picking on Willie?” even the most conservative people are asking.

    They might have done the cannabis community the biggest favor since, well, a very long time. People are listening- to Willie- and he makes a lot of sense.

    After decades of being a vocal advocate of cannabis re-legalization and a current advisory board member for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Willie Nelson’s stance on the subject is widely known. And so is the reputation of his bus, the Honeysuckle Rose III.

    His tour bus would be considered “low hanging fruit” for the robo-cops looking to make their quota for non-risk busts. The subject of talk show monologues and song lyrics to beat the band, Willie and cannabis and his bus go hand in hand. That anyone would profess to not know Nelson’s position on pot simply means they are horribly ignorant, or lying.

    Friday at 9:00 a.m., Willie Nelson’s tour bus came to a border control checkpoint, in Sierra Blanca, Texas, 30 miles from the Mexico border.
    The special attention his bus received is being described as “routine” by officials, though Nelson himself questioned the reasoning behind the search when he spoke to HighTimes.com on Monday.

    “Well, we were going through a checkpoint and for some reason they singled us out and pulled us over. And they found a little weed on the bus and that’s all they needed,” he told Rick Cusick of High Times.

    A border patrol officer allegedly smelled what he believed to be marijuana smoke through the bus’s open door, giving them the green light to enter the singer’s home on wheels and discovered six ounces of marijuana.

    Nelson and two others were arrested. Willie Nelson said the pot belonged to him and was taken to Hudspeth County jail. He was briefly held on a $2,500 bond before being released.

    Although Nelson posted bail, the Sheriff says he may return for a longer stay behind bars, and a criminal defense attorney told TMZ that he could spend up to six months in the clink. The Sheriff used the arrest to fantasize about how he might punish the 77-year old musician.

    "He could get 180 days in county jail," said Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West. "If he does, I'm going to make him cook and clean."

    When Willie spoke to HighTimes.com, he told Rick Cusick that jail time was unlikely.

    “I don’t think so,” Nelson answered. “It’s Class – What is it called? Class A misdemeanor is what I think they called it.”

    He turned over everything to his attorney to follow through with the courts at this time.

    Kinky Friedman, Texas personality, said he believes agents overstepped their bounds. "The real crime here is that it occurred in a county that is one of the headquarters of the Zetas," he says, referring to the Mexican criminal drug cartel. "These guys don't have bigger fish to fry? The Zetas are taking over their county and they're busting Willie Nelson. That shows a real lack of priorities

    However, Nelson’s history with the law may work against him, and even a small amount of jail time is probable.

    It’s well known that this wasn't Willie Nelson’s first drug arrest. In 2006, Nelson was arrested in Louisiana with one-and-a-half pounds of marijuana and three ounces of magic mushrooms for which he was sentenced to six months’ probation. "Both bus drivers were over 50 years old," Nelson said at the time. "The other guys were 60 years old. My sister is 75, I'm 73, so it's like they busted an old folks' home."

    Nine years earlier, in 1995, he was arrested in Waco, Texas after police spotted half a joint in his car's ash tray.

    And in January, 2010, six members of Nelson's band were charged with possession of moonshine and marijuana in North Carolina.

    The day after Thanksgiving, Willie Nelson was on the final leg of his journey home to his ranch near Austin, Texas traveling from California- the first of 15 U.S. states that have legal medicinal marijuana. Perhaps the weed was just left on the bus accidentally, as LA attorney Bruce Margolin mentioned could have happened, and considering harvest time just passed, it was probably even California-grown. The weed never meant to go to Texas. Could be.

    In all seriousness, Willie Nelson has been more than a singer to many Americans for a very long time.

    Most remember and appreciate the effort and vision of Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp back in 1985, when they organized the first Farm Aid concert to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Since then, Farm Aid has raised more than $37 million to help keep family farms alive and strong.

    It has been suggested that Willie be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on sustainable agriculture, alternative fuels, and world peace initiatives.

    And he may well be. His name is definitely being batted around in some enlightened circles. And people love Willie.

    Two days after he was arrested, Willie Nelson made a joke via a statement to CelebStoner.com, and called on the United States to start a new political party based on the legalization of marijuana. What began lightheartedly soon became a serious idea. "There's the Tea Party," Nelson wrote. "How about the Teapot Party? Our motto: We lean a little to the left... Tax it, regulate it and legalize it."

    “It”, of course, is cannabis- better known in the United States as marijuana.

    The inspiration took off, and a Facebook page for the Teapot Party was quickly created. At presstime, the page had already attracted 32,420 followers.

    "Stop the border wars over drugs," Nelson wrote. "Why should the drug lords make all the money? Thousands of lives will be saved."

    "It's a matter of time," he said in 2008, "a matter of education, a matter of people finding out what cannabis, marijuana is for, why it grows out of the ground and why it's prescribed as one of the greatest stress medicines on the planet."

    Hudspeth County police released a copy of Nelson's detention report which details that he was “sober and unarmed” at the time of his arrest and that he went “willingly”, and also a mugshot that shows one tired music maker.

    It was a trying day. Even so, Mickey Raphael, Nelson's longtime harmonica player, told Rolling Stone that Willie Nelson is in good spirits.

    "He said he feels great — he lost six ounces."
    A great attitude comes along with the tour, it appears. It remains to be seen if a few ounces will be all Willie Nelson loses in this ongoing battle for freedom from prohibition. His court date has not yet been set.

    Bonnie King Salem-News.com
    Dec-02-2010 10:35
  10. buckcamp
    And some more, but twisted the other way a little...

    Arresting Willie Nelson not sheriff's only claim to fame

    [IMGL="white"]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=18157&stc=1&d=1291324394[/IMGL]When country music icon Willie Nelson got arrested for marijuana possession in far West Texas last week, he wasn't the only Texas legend who figured in the story.

    Paunchy, Stetson-wearing Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West, who put Willie in the local pokey, is a reigning symbol of the years-long fight over border security and immigration in Texas.

    No stranger to the media, he's made appearances on national television, before Congress and at the state Capitol in Austin, sharing colorful stories about a war in his rural outpost — about piles of drugs, a Mexican military invasion and even potential terrorists.

    While there's no reason to doubt West's account of arresting Willie — the Border Patrol backs him up, as does the singer's history — some question whether his other salty tales are based firmly in reality or instead are constructed to drive millions in state and federal money to his department's coffers.

    "It's about turf, jurisdiction, that kind of stuff," says Tony Payan, a border expert who teaches political science at the University of Texas at El Paso. "It's about prestige and fame, and it's about resources."

    West's supporters, though, say he's simply trying to protect his small border community.

    West is chairman of the Texas Border Sheriff's Coalition, a group he helped start in 2005 along with then-El Paso County Sheriff Leo Samaniego. The coalition formed to help sheriffs in rural Texas border areas present a unified and amplified voice to lawmakers as they lobbied for more resources.

    West's has been among the loudest of those voices. In January 2006, he helped stoke national outrage over escalating violence along the border and illegal immigration when he produced a videotape of a standoff between his deputies and alleged Mexican soldiers he said were protecting drug runners (see sidebar). Though the Mexican government denied the allegations and others suggested that the men could have been smugglers simply dressed as soldiers, West remained unconvinced.

    "I have no political agenda, or a personal agenda, nor is this my 15 minutes of fame," West told The Dallas Morning News at the time. "This is plain and simple a matter about security, about protecting our county and our country."

    In February of that year, he told a congressional panel it wouldn't be long before cartels would rig their drug loads with detonators set to explode if seized by law enforcement. The next month, he told a California newspaper, the San Bernardino County Sun, that he worried the cartels had hired hit men to kill U.S. law enforcement. "I'd like for the general public to pray for us," West said.

    Making their case for more border security dollars, West and other border sheriffs told lawmakers they worried that terrorists from the Middle East were working with cartel leaders to exploit the border. And West, railing against the federal government's inaction on the border, told CNN's Lou Dobbs in September 2007 that with 25 men he could shut down the border.

    West and other border sheriffs' message that they were outgunned and outmanned fell on receptive in ears in Washington and in Austin. Gov. Rick Perry and Texas lawmakers have spent more than $200 million on state-led border security initiatives since 2005. And Washington has sent border sheriffs millions more to help beef up their patrols and buy equipment.

    Since 2005, West has hired five additional deputies, taking the total number from 12 to 17 in the 5,000-square-mile rural county. Converted semi-trailers with bunk beds and a kitchen for deputies on patrol sit outside the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Office along with custom-painted trucks. The number of crimes in Hudspeth County was cut in half from 48 to 24, between 2005 to 2009, according to Uniform Crime Reporting data.

    But even as patrols increased and crime dropped in his county, West's reports of fear, drug smuggling and mayhem continued. During a February 2009 appearance on Fox News, where host Glenn Beck called him a "Texas legend," West said he was pleading with lawmakers for permission to set up his own border checkpoints because U.S. Border Patrol agents weren't doing a good enough job of finding drugs and stopping them from entering the country.

    In April of this year, West made national news again when he told local farmers to arm themselves. "As they say, the old story is, it's better to be tried by 12 than carried by six. Damn it, I don't want to see six people carrying you," West said during a town hall meeting attended by a National Public Radio reporter. And in July, West told Nightline that his county is under siege. "Oh, it's war," he said. "They put out a contract on me and all the deputies. At one time I was worth probably a quarter-million dollars."

    There is surely violence, horrific killings and rampant fear just across the border in the small Mexican towns in the Juárez Valley, but lifelong Hudspeth County resident Bill Addington says his home is safer than ever.

    He still goes fishing on the Rio Grande. His biggest fear is not Mexican cartel thugs but getting in a traffic accident at the always-backed-up Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 10 in the tiny town of Sierra Blanca — the one where Willie was busted.

    Border Patrol spokesman Bill Brooks says that when Willie's tour bus door was opened for a routine search at the checkpoint, agents smelled the pungent aroma of marijuana. They found about 6 ounces of pot and called West to arrest Willie and two other men. It's no wonder Willie got caught, Addington says: There are hundreds more Border Patrol agents and other law enforcement officers in the region than ever before. "It's overprotected in my opinion," Addington says. "You can't go anywhere. You get stopped no matter who you are."

    Addington, who lives not far from West in Sierra Blanca, says he likes the sheriff and has voted for him over the years. But West's portrayal of Hudspeth County as overrun with drug smuggling and violence is a mischaracterization, he says. The closest thing to spillover violence in Hudspeth County happened in May of this year, when a shootout erupted on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande. One person died; four others who were injured made it across the river and had to be transported to the hospital in El Paso.

    Addington says he believes West is using fears about the border to pad his department's budget. "It's like a feeding frenzy for federal dollars, and that's what they're after," he says. He worries that West's continued talk on national television and especially in Washington, D.C., will lead to more militarization on the border.

    Even across from the most dangerous parts of the Mexican border, UTEP expert Payan says the violence has not spilled north into Texas. "It has not happened at all, and Hudspeth County seems to me to follow the trend of most border counties, which are relatively quiet and safe," he says.

    Contrary to rural sheriffs' reports, Payan says, most of the drugs smuggled into the United States come through congested urban ports of entry, not through the open expanses of the hinterland, where the terrain is treacherous and law enforcement presence has increased. The continued bloodshed in nearby Mexico, though, has given sheriffs like West an opportunity to build "a whole cottage industry around this imagined threat," he says.

    As long as the perceived threat remains and lawmakers continue sending money to outspoken sheriffs, Payan believes West and his signature hat will likely keep making regular appearances in headlines, on television and in the halls of Congress and the Legislature. "He operates very well within the Texas context," he says.

    West did not respond to interview requests for this story, but Don Reay, executive director of the Sheriff's Coalition, says the longtime lawman is doing his best to protect the community before tragedy strikes.

    "Knowing that Sheriff West is on the ground every day, out there talking to people in the community … I would think Sheriff West is well-founded in his opinions," Reay says. The border sheriffs define spillover as not just actual violence, he says, but the threat of it and the fear the threat creates in border communities. "We do not think you have to have blood in the streets in order for a community to be impacted," Reay says.

    People are free to have their opinions about the level of violence on the border, Reay says, acknowledging that some have criticized West's portrayal of the situation. And he says people will probably have mixed opinions about the Willie arrest, too. West booked Willie into the small Hudspeth County Jail, and, with characteristic bravado, he told the El Paso Times that if the singer is sentenced to time in the clink, he can "wear the stripy uniforms just like the other ones do."

    The sheriff can handle the criticism of his border security approach just like he'll deal with whatever blowback he'll get from arresting the Red Headed Stranger, Reay says. "He'll either be goat or hero, depending on the person."

    Brandi Grissom
    The Texas Tribune
    Posted Dec 2, 2010, 8:23 am
  11. cartman
    What a shame. 180 days minimum sentence? I hope he gets a good lawyer and beats the rap. Doesn't Texas have bigger problems than busting a bus full of seniors?
  12. buckcamp
    Willie Nelson Gets A Misdemeanor For Recent Drug Bust.

    Willie Nelson was recently busted for possession of marijuana while at a border patrol checkpoint in Texas, and despite speculation that he would be charged with a felony, authorities have determined that the singer was carrying less than four ounces of the substance, which means he's only being slapped with a misdemeanor!


    Not sure how reliable this is but I thought I'd post. Checking often to see if anyone else is reporting this...
  13. buckcamp
    And here it is from "ABCnews" but it's in their entertainment section. It seems none of the bigger online news sources are reporting anything...

    Willie Nelson Charged With Misdemeanor, Escapes Jail

    Country Legend Will pay a Fine if Convicted in Last Week's Pot Bust

    It appears the Red Headed Stranger will ride on again.

    Country music legend Willie Nelson was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession in Texas this week, following the discovery of what was first thought to be six ounces of marijuana aboard his tour bus last weekend, according to TMZ.com.

    Nelson's tour bus pulled into a routine checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas -- approximately 85 miles east of El Paso -- around 9 a.m. on Nov. 26. When an officer noticed a suspicious odor coming from the bus, a search turned up the marijuana, police said.

    Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West told the El Paso Times that Nelson, 77, claimed that the marijuana was his.

    Officials originally thought that Nelson could face far more serious felony charges -- and even serve time for the offense -- given that six ounces were discovered. Once weighed, the amount was determined to be less than four ounces, so Nelson received the misdemeanor charge and if convicted will be fined, not jailed.

    According to police patrolman Bill Brooks, a sheriff from Hudspeth County was contacted and Nelson was among three people arrested at the scene last weekend. Nelson was held briefly and paid a $2,500 bond before being released.

    Mickey Raphael, Nelson's longtime harmonica player, spoke with Rolling Stone magazine regarding the incident and Nelson's release late last week, telling the magazine that "he said he feels great -- he lost six ounces."

    "It's kind of surprising, but I mean we treat him like anybody else," West told the El Paso Times. "He could get 180 days in county jail, which if he does, I'm going to make him cook and clean. He can wear the stripy uniforms just like the other ones do."

    At the time Nelson was traveling from California to his ranch in Austin, Texas. Because he was released, the arrest did not affect his tour.
    Elaine Schock, Nelson's spokeswoman, declined to comment when contacted by The Associated Press at the time of his arrest.

    Nelson, a staunch advocate of decriminalization of marijuana, has had his share of drug-related brushes with the law.

    In Louisiana in 2006, 1.5 pounds of marijuana and three ounces of hallucinogenic mushrooms were found on his bus. Nelson pleaded guilty in that case and each was sentenced to a $1,024 fine and six months probation.

    Back in 1995 Nelson was also arrested in Waco, Texas, and police officers said they saw a joint in his car's ashtray. Nelson had pulled off the road to sleep after an all night poker game. At the time he also confessed that there was small amount of marijuana on the car's floorboard.

    Nelson, a Texas native who was born in the tiny town of Abbott, has been an icon of the country music scene since the early 1970s, when he rose to prominence in the outlaw country movement of the time with albums like "Red Headed Stranger" and classic tracks like "On the Road Again" and a famous cover of Fred Rose's "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain."

    Nelson is a co-chair of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) advisory board, and has worked for years for marijuana legalization. He has recorded and produced radio and television commercials for the cause, and in 2005 hosted the Willie Nelson & NORML Benefit Golf Tournament at his personal golf course in Spicewood, Texas.

    By KEVIN DOLAK, Dec. 5, 2010
  14. talltom
    All's well that end's well! Still, as the article points out "yes, the war on pot really is one big joke. Except for the hundreds of thousands arrested and tens of thousands jailed each year for possession."

    Willie Nelson Resolves Pot Charge for a Song

    On the I-10, in Hudspeth County, Texas, the Border Patrol maintains a checkpoint where it slows all cars down to a crawl and gives them the once-over.

    In November, country legend Willie Nelson, who once smoked a joint on the roof of the White House during the Carter Administration, an agent "smelled marijuana" lofting from Nelson's tourbus and the singer was busted with approximately 6 ounces of pot.

    According to the Big Bend Sentinel, the case is being resolved in a ... lyrical way:

    The Hudspeth County Attorney is ready to make a plea deal with the Red Headed Stranger.

    “I’m gonna let him plead, pay a small fine and he’s gotta sing “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” with his guitar right there in the courtroom,” County Attorney Kit Bramblett said this week. “You bet your ass I ain’t gonna be mean to Willie Nelson.”


    Bramblett handles 10 or 12 personal use cases every month. The 6.24 ounces that was found when Willie was arrested is above the amount Bramblett can handle in his jurisdiction. Well, no problem.

    “Between me and the sheriff, we threw out enough of it or smoked enough so that there’s only three ounces, which is within my jurisdiction,” Bramblett said.

    He was kidding about that last part -- yes, the war on pot really is one big joke. Except for the hundreds of thousands arrested and tens of thousands jailed each year for possession.

    On a personal note, I passed through the Sierra Blanca checkpoint a few weeks back en route to Mexico with my father. We slowed down, and a police dog "alerted" on the car. They had us pull over, get out ("please keep your hands out of your pockets, sir") and told us the dog was trained to sniff out the presence of illegal drugs or hidden people (not sure how dogs can differentiate between the smell of a human in hiding and one out in the open).

    The dog got into the car, rummaged around and then they cleared us on our way.

    Joshua Holland
    March 25, 2011

  15. Balzafire
    Judge refuses Nelson plea deal

    A judge has refused to approve a plea deal reducing Willie Nelson's drug charges following a marijuana bust last year.

    The country icon was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession in November after a Border Patrol agent in Texas smelled pot smoke during a search of Nelson's tour bus.

    Nelson reportedly struck a deal with prosecutors allowing him to plead no contest to a reduced charge of misdemeanour possession of drug paraphernalia, which he did last month, and pay a $500 fine and $280 in court costs.

    However, on Friday, County Judge Becky Dean-Walker admitted she had signed the plea deal then changed her mind and scratched her name out because she feels Nelson deserves a tougher penalty.

    Dean-Walker explains, "I'm not going to be guilty of signing something because someone is a celebrity... Everybody should be treated the same in my court."

    The judge claims any other person would receive a more severe punishment. The case, which has been handed back to County Attorney C.R. Bramblett, remains pending, according to Reuters.

    Toronto Sun
    July 2, 2011
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