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OTRC: Willie Nelson to pay $787 to Texas court to settle pot possession charges

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

Willie Nelson is paying up for his November 2010 arrest on marijuana possession charges in Texas.

The country music legend will pay $787 to settle the charges in Hudspeth County, Texas, reports the Associated Press. The fee the 78-year-old Nelson must pay consists of a $500 fine and $287 in court costs.

Nelson was arrested on November 26, after six ounces of marijuana was found aboard his tour bus in Texas at a Border Patrol checkpoint.

Nelson was arrested along with three others and held briefly for a $2,500 bond before being released.

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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