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. J.Nolan

    It was easy to arrest an old man who has smoked some pot compared to a drug lord with a rpg. We are winning the drug war aren't we?

    November 28, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Link Ray

    It's good to see the U.S. Border Patrol is controlling those "illegals" and the billions spent patrolling the border is working. (a joke) I vote Willie for President in 2012!!! Legalize it!

    November 28, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. dAWG

    To me, that is old news I knew he does it hes a great singer and a great actor he support the american farmers, also was involved in farm aid

    November 28, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Donaldk

    Virtual Stake Outs – Live Border Cameras- With night vision

    November 28, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. andre

    So how is the country better off now with the capture of this "hardened criminal"? Was it all worth the investment of the border patrol's time, the cost to do all the paper work of charging him, and the costs of the punishment?

    Exactly what has been gained?

    November 28, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywaaat

    tons of drugs pass through the southern border every day.enough to quench the thirst of the united states for cocain and crack.and they pick on willie nelson????

    November 28, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Free Willie

    Google Harry AInslinger to see the ONLY reason Pot is illegal. Power play by Hearst. True dis.

    November 28, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. danceonedge

    Shame on Texas! Makes me never want to go to there again.

    November 28, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rich


    November 28, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Tommy

      Exactly, Rich. If everyone serving on a jury knew that they can legally vote their conscience, regardless of the statutes, then the law would change quickly. It would be difficult to find twelve people that would put a harmless pot-smoker in jail unless they believe it when judges regularly mis-instruct them to rule on the letter of the law. There is no point to having a law on the books that no jury would allow to be enforced, but juries must understand that THEY are the foundation of our justice system.

      November 28, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jersey Wonderfool

    Why is it OK to drink but a crime to smoke pot? May be it is time we teach to smoke pot "moderately" like drinking alcohol moderately. And stop wasting police and justice time arresting people like Willie Nelson. We admired Dean Martin for his singing even though he used to drink or at least act drunk. So why not Willie? Legalize pot and license pot producers and sell them in licensed stores.

    November 28, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. Chester

    Our tax dollars at work. As usual, being used to convince us that a 77 yr old minding his own business is enough of a threat to arrest him. Like so many other things attached to our spending, it's based on fear of ghosts and goblins. And things that might cut into a profit margin. Sickening. And we buy it every time. Lemme tell ya, pot isn't the thing that is a threat to rational thinking. It's the ability to use fear to influence people into making bad decisions.

    November 28, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. Cocopuf

    The question is why should he get away with it while others just as dumb also use drugs and don't get away with it? Does being a singer or actor make you smarter or special for some reson? LOL !!! They won't throw him in jail ... just a fine and probation will do.

    November 28, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. Cocopuf

    Legalizing drugs is about as dumb as using drugs. ONLY drug users and dummies want to legalize them. LOL !!! Get a life will you?

    November 28, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. WTW

    The real sad point is that in the rolls of the agents, the police, the state troopers, there are hypocrites. They all have skeletons in their closets [hence meant to stay there], they drink and and drive, they break the laws just like everyone else but like to see themselves as pillars of the city. Many are decent people that have problems just like you and I but there are some, not all, that get a willie from getting away with things that [they hope] nobody will ever find out about. I don't think that the guy responsible for busting Willie is going to brag too much outside of his buddie circle of this bust. It's laughable. Keep in mind they just like most are concerned about their jobs and will kiss the ars of their superiors just to get advanced in the system and/or keep their job. A funny thing happens to humans when placed in power over others and it's not a good thing to see.

    November 28, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. NGodWeTrust

    OMG! "Leave my ole Willy alone"! Willy get your prescription and avoid the BS "keep up with the times" medical /legalized marijuana.

    November 28, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
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