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OTRC: Willie Nelson nabbed for pot possession and could face jail time, report says

Willie Nelson performs at Farm Aid on Randall's Island in this Sept. 9, 2007, file photo in New York. (Jason DeCrow)

Country singer Willie Nelson was charged with marijuana possession on Friday after six ounces of the drug was found aboard his tour bus in Texas, reports The Associated Press.

Nelson was arrested along with three others and held briefly for a $2,500 bond before being released. Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West told the El Paso Times, "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."

A court date for the singer has not been set.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nelson responded to his arrest in an email to a pro-marijuana site. The industry paper quotes the singer as saying, "There's the Tea Party. How about the Teapot Party? Our motto: We lean a little to the left... Tax it, regulate it and legalize it."

This is not the first time Nelson has been arrested for possessing the substance. In 2006 he was arrested in Louisiana for possessing 1.5 pounds of marijuana and three ounces of hallucinogenic mushrooms. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months probation and slapped with a $1,024 fine.


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