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Seventy-seven-year-old country music legend Willie Nelson has been arrested for marijuana possession Friday, after a routine checkpoint yielded six ounces of marijuana from his tour bus, according to a report in ABC News.
The arrest was confirmed by a spokesman for U.S. Border Patrol. The report revealed that the singer’s tour bus pulled into a routine checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas; a search of the bus was conducted after an officer noticed a suspicious odor in the vehicle. When the marijuana was discovered, Nelson claimed that it was his, according to Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West.
Police patrolman Bill Brooks shared three people, including Nelson, were arrested at the scene. The singer was released on $2,500 bond.
Talking to the El Paso Times, West said: “It’s kind of surprising, but I mean we treat him like anybody else… 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 of his arrest, Nelson was travelling from California to his ranch in Austin, Texas. The Associated Press tried to contact Elaine Schock, spokeswoman for Willie Nelson, but she declined to comment.
This is in not the first time that Nelson has had trouble with the law over marijuana; he is, incidentally, a staunch supporter of the decriminalization of pot. He pleaded guilty to a case involving 1.5 pounds of marijuana and three ounces of hallucinogenic mushrooms found in his bus in 2006, for which he was fined $1,024 and sentenced to six months probation.