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Willie Nelson Charged with Pot Possession

Singer is member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

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Country singer-songwriter Willie Nelson was busted in 2006 for possession of marijuana and mushrooms. (Jim Ross/Associated Press)

Country
singer Willie Nelson has been charged with marijuana possession again
after six ounces was found on his tour bus in Texas, according to U.S.
Border Patrol Services.

Patrol spokesman Bill Brooks says the bus pulled into the Sierra
Blanca checkpoint Friday morning. When the door opened, an officer
smelled pot, triggering a search and the discovery of marijuana.

Nelson was among three people arrested by the local sheriff.

Sheriff Arvin West told the El Paso Times that Nelson acknowledged
the marijuana was his. The singer was held briefly until a $2,500 US
bond was paid and he was released.

Nelson spokeswoman Elaine Schock said she has no comment on the incident.

The 77-year-old singer is an unrepentant marijuana user and he's been busted before.

Back in 2006, he was also charged with a misdemeanour after being
found with marijuana and mushrooms. He paid a fine and was put on six
months' probation.

Nelson, whose hits include Good Hearted Woman, Always On My Mind and On the Road Again, later posed for High Times magazine. He is also a board member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

The Grammy winner's new album, Country Music, was released in April and he's working on a new one due out next May.

With files from The Associated Press

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