SIERRA BLANCA, Texas (AP) — 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.Snicker. No word yet on whether Texas will seek the death penalty.
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 was opened and a search turned up marijuana.
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.
"It's kind of surprising, but I mean we treat him like anybody else," Hudspeth County Sherriff Arvin West told the newspaper. "He could get 180 days in county jail," the sheriff added. "If he does, I'm going to make him cook and clean."
Said Nelson's harp player, Mickey Raphael, in today's quote of the day:
"He said he feels great — he lost six ounces."