November 27th, 2010
11:47 AM ET

Singer Willie Nelson arrested on pot charges

Country singer Willie Nelson was arrested Friday on charges of marijuana possession by the U.S. Border Patrol in Sierra Blanca, Texas, CNN has confirmed.

No further details were available, and a message left for Nelson's publicist has not been returned.

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  1. John Galt

    Video footage of Willie being arrested:

    [vimeo 16955473 w=500 h=281]

    November 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. David

    What he was doing is illegal. Whether or not worse stuff is going on, someone doing something illegal must accept the risk of getting in trouble for it.

    November 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Val

      Trust me, David, everyone is doing something illegal whether or not they know it. I'm sure it was just coincidental that the reach of the law is so over-arching that anyone can be arrested virtually at the whim of authorities especially on the word of someone in the same "club". Of course, I'm also sure that never ever happens for real here in the land of the free.

      November 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • eva68

      Yes, it was illegal. It needs to STOP being that! I don't smoke pot but I can tell that this is a stupid law along with about half of the drug laws. Legalizing marijuana will make the country a safer place. Give me a break! People don't refrain from smoking pot because it is illegal, they refrain by choice. Beside all of that, My body my choice.. should apply in anything that effects my body.

      November 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa Smith

      Thank you, David! I don't care if it's Willie Nelson or the Queen of England; illegal is illegal.

      Smoking pot is still against the law no matter what! Making it legal only harms others' as when someone gets behind the wheel and kills someone! Will you be fighting to legalize marijuana then??

      November 27, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dsanders

    Freedom. What's your definition? Bet the governments is different.

    November 27, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    Wow it's very surprising, it seems that the tides truly are turning in this country. Not one single person has praised his arrest for this drug...

    My uncle is a police officer and he supports legalization, whenever he can he kicks peoples weed under their car and tries to hide it and act like nothing happened. World needs more people like him because the laws are unjust and he takes it into his own hands because he has a conscience.

    November 27, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • fishkitty

      Good for him. It's nice there is still hope and that some people DO have a conscience, rather than a vengeance.

      November 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike in Texas

    The continual media exposure adds to the inevitable legalization. Who is next? Little Wanyne or perhaps Snoop Dog? The Hippie Lettuce will always be around, whether grown in the States or in the Third World Continent to our south. The number one cash crop and the federal government cannot see an opportunity to save our Country. I wonder if the Chinese can see the benefit? FREE WILLIE !!! FREE THE HIPPIE LETTUCE!!!

    November 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ken

    Why not do the world some good and arrest Bush for war crimes... oh that's right... in America, it's the liberal peace activists that are the criminals, not murdering war mongrels...

    November 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pete

    This is to all the anti-pot people who probably never tried it and saw REEFER MADNESS and believe that garbage....Its not as bad as you think. It's like smoking a cigarette for the first time. You get cloudy and hungry. ooooo, scary. Listen, alcohol is legal and that sends people over the edge, releases agression, anger, stupidity....people cant see straight, get into fights, say horrible things, beat their families, etc...but pot sedates you and makes you giddy...plus it comes from the earth. Potheads are guilty of eating to much and watching to much tv. Never saw a person get crazy violent from just pot. It only has a bad rep because its illegal and drug dealers kill to protect their business. Legalize it and the pot crime will fizzle. People are gonna get it and do it one way or another

    November 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruthie

      YOU R SO RIGHT!!!!!

      November 27, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Anyone who drinks alcohol and opposes the legalization of marijuana is a vile hypocrite whose opinion is without merit or validity.

      November 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff

    I give it 10 years. By then all the irrational old people will die off and we can legalize weed. Freedom.

    November 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Val

      You do realize that's what we said back in the day. See how well that worked out.

      November 27, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bibi5

      Yeah, that's we said back in the 70's. Cracks me up because you know that most people have smoked pot, but they say stupid things like, "I never inhaled" or "I tried it, but didn't like it". Yeah, right!!

      November 27, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • fishkitty

      Sorry, grasshopper, it's not an age thing. You think the youngsters invented pot or something? Willie is 77 years old. There's a lot of us from the 60s and 70s. What do you think we were (and some still are) smoking, parsley? Silly child!

      November 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bone crusha

    Thank god for our goverment. Who else would employ all the other dip sticks like Joe. Government workers, I describe them about the same way you descibe our southern neighbors Joe.

    November 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe the govt worker..

      Hey who can argue with $70,000 a year with a 20yr retirement. Federal Law Enforcement. oh yeah..

      November 27, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. copshater

    Here you go your tax dollars at work, or should I say the pathetic government at work.
    Hope Willie pleads not guilty and I end up in a jury of twelve good men.

    November 27, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brian Paul

    What a bunch of idiots! I bet it took some great intelligence work to figure out Willie Smokes Pot. They probably had swat standing by. The police officer that arrested him should be fired for stupidity and treason to Texas. Thats the problem with law enforcement and this country. They really believe a person smoking or carrying a joint is a threat. I don't smoke pot but I could give a rats ass if people do. All these illegals and all this crime going on and they are righting J walking tickets to old ladies and giving Willie Nelson a hard time. LOL WHAT A BUNCH OF IDIOTS!!!!

    November 27, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tom

    Until marijuana is legal (which it will be someday) it is still ILLEGAL. Why is that a difficult concept to comprehend? Possession is a crime and will surely be prosecuted. End of story.

    November 27, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • helloeyes

      My sentiments exactly. It seems people think the law is flexible just because it's pot and Willie. The comments thread here is a joke. It's pot, we all know it's not hard-core but that's not the issue.

      November 27, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Daniel

    If the bus driver wasn't smoking pot then they should have been allowed to continue on their way. Arresting people for using pot is ridiculous.

    November 27, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LeeBo

    Here in California, the cops would have smoked a joint with Willie and then sent him on his way.

    November 27, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff

    I like Willie but the article states he was busted by the Border Patrol – which implys he was coming back to the U.S. from Mexico with pot on his person. First it was a stupid mistake Second – he is a contributor to the drug violence that is happening in Mexico by supporting the drug cartels with his purchase. Don't let him get star treatment, let him get some gray bar treatment.

    November 27, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
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