|Photo: I Love Weed|
|Willie has never been shy about his love for and frequent use of marijuana.|
Music legend Willie Nelson was arrested Friday morning in Texas and charged with marijuana possession. Nelson’s tour bus was stopped at 9 a.m. at a Border Patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca when he was detained.
An officer smelled cannabis when the door was opened, according to Bill Brooks, spokesman for the Border Patrol, and an ensuing “probable cause” search turned up the weed.
Nelson, 77, was charged with possessing about six ounces of marijuana, reports John Hall at the El Paso Times. The weed was found aboard Willie’s tour bus, and the singer claimed it, according to Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West.
Nelson was booked into the Hudspeth County Jail on a $2,500 bond, which he posted, and was back on the road headed to Austin by 1:30 p.m. on Friday.
Willie has been outspoken about his use of marijuana and his support for legalizing the herb, and has had several pot-related brushes with the law over the years.
In January of this year, Nelson’s tour bus was stopped at the same Border Patrol search point in Sierra Blanca and searched for about five hours, according to a blog post by Nelson’s daughter at the time of the incident, reports KVIA. The group received one citation as a result of the search, but Nelson’s daughter did not say what it was for.
Police searched Nelson’s tour bus back in 2006 in Louisiana, and found about 1.5 pounds of marijuana along with a few psilocybin mushrooms. Nelson was charged with a misdemeanor in that case.
Nelson’s spokeswoman, Elaine Schock, had no comment about Friday’s arrest.