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. xstongue

    The government gave this Veteran Service Connected Lung Cancer can you tell me why they wont give me weed to smoke? Cigs cause cancer and there legal but weed does not cause it and its illegal, does that make sense? FREE the WEED Marijuana is one of the biggest anti-cancer agents thats why, they dont want you to survive...hahahahahaha.......

    November 27, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rob

    Good. Throw the book at him and set an example!

    November 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Randy Cavin

    Willie smokes pot?!?!

    November 27, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Henny

    Never cared for Willie and I don't give a rat's ass what happens to him....either respect your country's laws or pay the consequences as an adult.

    November 27, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. xstongue

    In short OUR GOVERNMENT IS JUST THE MOFFIA step back and look....

    November 27, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. douglas

    Lame. Very lame. So how many illegals came over while the police were dealing with this?

    November 27, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. billy

    Move to oregon willie.
    To the rest of you....prohibition will never work. And no law that proclaims it should ever be respected. Join the libertarian party and organize and vote for liberty! God bless

    November 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
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    November 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. goat

    Haha, this is the epitome of the war on drugs.

    Willie will pay his fine, and serve whatever community service is put on him. Then he will go back to smoking pot.

    A practice that only affects him, yet our government seems hellbent on telling him how he should live (a lot like the anti-gay crap going around)

    And what is the result? over 75% of our jails filled with people who never hurt anyone but themselves, billions of dollars wasted each year from a country that can honestly not afford it, and an underground drug community that will keep on going, no matter how many tunnels to mexico they find.

    November 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • AOnavyVet

      He can't pay his fines because he has no money when the IRS took it all for not paying his taxes

      November 27, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank Wilson

      @goat. How right you are! The war on drugs is lost but will never be over because it pays the salaries of too many cops, lawyers, judges, probation/parole officers, jailers, prison guards, therapists, social workers and federal government goons. How many people in this country are nearly completely dependent on the war on drugs to buy groceries for their families and make the house and car payments?? AND another thing. Stopping someone for no reason other than it being a so-called "Checkpoint" is reminiscent of Nazi Germany..."Show us your papers" and is a violation of the 4th Amendment. The US has gone to hell in a hand-basket. Sieg Heil to the "Incorporated States of America", rather Arbeit Macht Frei. Abraham Lincoln warned us first, then Eisenhower in his farewell speech. I wish I had enough money to buy a few congressmen to represent me and my own personal best interests.

      November 27, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • SSBOAT

      He practically lives with Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson they will help him pay the fine. Money is never an issue if your famous it is it's own form of currency in some instances.

      November 27, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • whoa whoa whoa

      whoa whoa whoa buddy....hold on say that this is the loss of war on drugs...that implies that there is actually a war against drugs in the first place....let me also state that this also implies that the people on drugs are winning it!

      November 27, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgmgdm

      pot is safer for Willie and all of us than beer or hard liqueur is. squares have to stop using the government to force people to be as boring as they are. hypocrites!!!#!$

      November 27, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgmgdm

      476pot is safer for Willie and all of us than beer or hard liqueur is. squares have to stop using the government to force people to be as boring as they are. hypocrites!!!#!$4747823

      November 27, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Why is it that so many who 'hate the man, and want their freedom' are advancing the idea of putting the weed in the hands of the 'man', so he can, to quote, "regulate, tax, and ensure it's purity"..? Seems so many here hate the idea of it being illegal, and hate corporate America, but want some corporation to process it for them. Makes perfect sense. BTW, how many of you corporate haters work for a corporation? Who's feeding your family, paying your bills, and on and on and on. You only like the laws that protect your ideas, and F..k the rest, right?

      November 27, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Numbaoneballa

      Shame on the morons in Cali for voting down prop 19, shame on them

      November 27, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      He paid that off eons ago and is rolling in dough again.

      November 27, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • freedomring

      He should have resended his social security number. No social no taxes.

      November 27, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rolando

      You coundn´t be more right ! The hipocracy is not too far from ending. Look in California, wasn´t too far from almost happening, so coming soon at a theatre near you.

      November 27, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barnacle Bill

      The war on drugs was Ronald Reagan's way of putting more money into the hands of big guys with guns.

      November 27, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      I think the point of this story is that everone is susceptable to the law. You break the law, you face the consequences, regardless of your status in society. Should pot be made legal? That's something to be decided by our lawmakers, and in turn by YOU the voter who puts those lawmakers in office. There IS a war on drugs, and for the ignorant oafs who are unaware of it, please head to your local border town (eg., Laredo, TX) and witness how the crime saturates either side of the border like an airborne disease. Or talk to the Mexican nationals who are forced to transport drugs by way of "agree to do this or die, or watch your loved ones die".
      In short, I personally believe marijuana is a safer choice than alcohol, and should be legalized, but until it is any person who chooses to use it should be aware of the consequences of this decision and be made to pay the consequences, regardless of if they are a minimum wage worker in Anytown, USA, or Willie Nelson in Texas.

      November 27, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • HeLovesHer

      People get away with murder. Yet the LAW goes after

      PEOPLE FOR SMOKING POT!??!!!!???????!!!!!!!!???!!!!!@W#E$R%T^Y&U*!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      November 27, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • HeLovesHer

      People get away with evil. Yet the LAW goes after


      November 27, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Karl

    F R E E W I L L I E !

    November 27, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cocopuf

      2 wrongs doesn't make it right.

      November 28, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bill

    How do you think he wrote all those great songs...leave him the hell alone!!!!

    November 27, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. FREE WILLIE!!!

    This is just one more reason I'm ashamed to call myself a Texan.

    November 27, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Dont feel bad.. In Philadelphia, the narcs always waited for Ray Charles, cause a blind guy was easier to bust.. The whole think is rotten, this anti weed thing.. The US is just too uptight over too many issues. Thats way this country is so
      big on war. I agree FREE WILLIE!

      November 27, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cocopuf

      WHY should HE get away with it? While others get punished for it? Aren't you smart?

      November 28, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      I'm proud to call myself a Texan, but I am so glad I moved to Colorado 7 years ago, as well.

      December 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Larry Sessions

    I love Willie. Get real. Go after the real criminals, and leave true American patriots alone!

    November 27, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Manuel Padron

      Who is a real criminal? Should'nt it be the one that breaks the law? If marihuana is illegal then Nelson is a criminal and he should serve time. Thousands of persons are being killed in Mexico because of persons like Nelson that promote the importation of marihuana. I am glad to see that at least every now and then, durgs laws are being enforced.

      November 27, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • greg

      @moron, if it was REGULATED, cartels wouldnt get nearly as much money for it, and they would cease growing it bc we would be able to get it safely from corporations or someone similar. ur just another person that believes that everyone should live their lives ur way. hey i got an idea, shut the hell up

      November 27, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • cch

      manuel shut up and learn to spell

      November 27, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      It is time to end the prohibition on pot. The crime is in the criminality of transportation and sale without paying taxes not the use. There is no victim in this crime. I say legalize it and tax it.

      There are some very dangerous drugs such as alcohol, but pot is not one of them. It relaxes people and makes them dopey, which is less harmful than the very debilitating effects of alcohol which is, of course, legal

      November 27, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
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      November 27, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • chele

      Right on, Larry!

      November 30, 2010 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. Margaret

    PUH-LEEZE! This arrest seems absolutely absurd.

    November 27, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cocopuf

      "seems" is not. "Real" it is. So why should he get away with it while others get the full treatment? Because he is a dumb singer? lol !!!

      November 28, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tom

    Too bad. Willie is the original hard luck kid.

    November 27, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cocopuf

      Maybe so. But he isn't very smart.

      November 28, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
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