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. Chester

    You paid for this.

    November 28, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Texas Hold Him

    name just one person in this country who believes that NW belongs in a prison! because that person should meet w/ the U.S. Border Patrol moron and take some common sense classes...

    November 28, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ferrum Equus

    Willie we love you. We will stand by you.

    November 28, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. Biggestnate

    Does the federal government or CNN itself pay attention to the % of comments that are for legalization versus the ones that are against? The number is overwhelming. This is the true voice of the people. One day soon the power that the media has had for several generations will be in the people's hands and the professional politicians will not be able to ignore ti anymore. Screw the 'unbiased' polls and take a look at what the people are REALLY saying.

    November 28, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. axel

    way to go America, way to go

    November 28, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Stupid Feds


    November 28, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John

    I feel safer knowing that another arch-criminal is behind bars. Willie Nelson is right up there with Al Capone and John Dillinger. Thank god they caught him!!! Seriously? Leave Willie the hell alone, he doesn't bother anybody... He was on Larry King one night and admitted to having pot on him on LIVE TV. Why didn't anybody arrest him then? FREE WILLIE!!! Glad my tax dollars are going towards something so important and detriment to our safety as arresting Willie Nelson...

    November 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tommy

    There seems to be two distinct camps of thought on this forum.
    There are those that have never tried marijuana, but take it on faith that it is an addictive menace that destroys families and threatens decent society. Therefore the people that choose to use marijuana must be out-of-control sociopaths and their judgement cannot ever be trusted.
    Then there are those who have tried marijuana. Whether they choose to ever use it again or not, they recognize that it is just not the monster that it is made out to be. It is proven to non-addictive and clearly does not impair the user as much as alcohol or many prescription drugs. Most of these people believe that decriminalization of marijuana makes sense as drug policy.
    The people that would be hurt by legalization of marijuana are federal drug enforcement agencies, the prison industry, liquor lobby, and pharmaceutical companies, all of whom profit from the failed war on drugs.
    Willie is a perfect example of a typical marijuana smoker. He's been smoking pot for years. He is in reasonable health, maintains a successful career, spends as much time as he can with his family and friends, and is a decent, otherwise law-abiding, citizen. I don't think most Americans think he should have been arrested.

    November 28, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bonnie

    Great example to the kids Willie YOU OLD FART!

    November 28, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bonnie

    Willie Nelson take your medicine and pay up. You are not better than other people.

    Did you trade your current wife on a newer model? YOU OLD FART.

    November 28, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Humanbeing

    Way to go! This is the best blog I have seen, ever! And I agree with so many, would take up my whole amount of comment! But thank you for the youtube video, totally said it all, and I'm with the majority in here! There are more "fish to fry" than something so idiotic as this invasion of Mr. Willie Nelson. Please, just stand back from the situation, all you naysayers...there is a lot of wisdom in here. Having experience the 60's, I can say that there/and then, there were more 'fish to fry' as well! So, maybe if we spent more energy focusing on the positive, and less on all the negative, hateful, etc remarks, that seem to be a 'sign of the times' this world would/could be a better place. We are all one, underneath it all!

    November 28, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
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    November 28, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. johnny quest

    free the land free the land free the weed. free our bodies, free our minds. willie nelson is one of the greatest songwriters of all time. how do you think he does it?? bingo. anyone who still demonizes marijuana is an ignoramous. besides isn't he like eighty years old?
    and FARM AID?? c'mon!

    November 28, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. kay nwk

    damn! they don't have nothing better to do. here it is people get locked up every few seconds around the world & u mess with this man for smoking it not even selling it! get a life" to the officers who had nothing else better to do with tax payers money. go lock up some killers,drug dealers,rapist,carjackers,robbers,terrorist ect.. you lock this man up for a little bud! Stupid just stupid

    November 28, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff

    Those incompetent buffoons can't stop a steady stream of Mexican invaders, but sure can pat themselves on the back after snaring a highly dangerous, 77 year old dope smoking musician. Good job, boys, Give yourselves raises across the board for this one.
    6 ounces, you say? That just hit the cartels a crushing blow.

    November 28, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Jeff you couldn't be more correct. It's a good thing we're getting the dangerous people off the streets. Wow! It's funny I thought we had bigger problems going on in this country, but apparently I'm mistaken and the biggest criminal or threat to the country is Willie Nelson!

      November 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Valerie

      Everyone elses situation belongs to THEM. The fact of the matter is, this man still BROKE THE LAW.

      November 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fonzanoon

      The cops are there to check people who are crossing the boarder, regardless if they are smuggling a joint or smuggling 280 lbs. 6 ounces is a significant amount of pot. PS/ See Willie in concert before he dies... saw him in 2008, what a great show.

      November 29, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • bailoutsos

      I guess he was easy to spot. There are only 560 people in that town.

      November 29, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      Wonder how many illegals ran across the border while poor Willie was being booked?

      November 29, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Healing Enzo

      You're in denial & love to hate. The regular busts barely make the news there's so damn many. How about one this month – 30 TONS grabbed .

      November 29, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • CPD1960

      Jeff, you said a mouthful brother!

      November 29, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill - NYC

      Hysterical!! I know I feel a lot safer knowing they got Willie Nelson off the streets. For me it was Nelson, Bin Laden and Qaddafi, in that order. We seem to like Qadaffi now so that leaves just Bin Laden.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bluemacaw

      @ Valerie
      Give me a break. Alcohol used to be illegal. Slavery used to be legal. Just because pot is illegal, doesn't mean it SHOULD be illegal. Pot has proven medical benefits. Cigarettes have no health benefits whatsoever. Maybe we should make them illegal.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • transplanted

      .... oh well, Texas lay low for a bit here, but couldn't stay away from Stupid, 'cause we all know you can't fix Stupid.

      November 29, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Man, I would be ashamed to arrest Willie Nelson. I thought all cops knew to let him off with a wink and a nod.
      I guess it's probably partly his fault for trying to get it through the border.
      I don't smoke pot, but IMO this just points out how the drug laws are kind of silly and out-dated..

      November 29, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reason

      Willie smoking weed, and the rest of the pot smoking public, all add up to making the cartels as rich as they are. All of you who rely on your pot – do you grow your own? If not, thank the Cartels for your supply. Not sure the victims of the Cartels would defend you position.

      November 29, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • chele

      Heh! Well said.

      November 29, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yeoman123

      I was stunned once when a Virgina Judge threw out a case case where the cops had busted a junkie. The judge pointed out that the "kingpin laws" they were using to arrest this fellow with $10 of smack on him, were not being used the way they were intended. The cops spluttered, "We don't make the laws, we just enforce them!" but this judge was making a point.

      Clearly the Drug laws are tailored to keeping police in business and prisons in business. Yes, there are some bad things going on out there, but when a 1st world country like the USA finds it expedient to arrest a greater percentage of their population than EVERY other country in the world, something is wrong.

      I am surprised that breathing, is not illegal. Someday soon....

      November 29, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • clayton

      so sad

      November 29, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • NYer

      Willie Nelson smokes POT? OMG! Who knew?

      Seriously; Jeff is right on. I don't smoke - anything - but busting Nelson and other marijuana smokers is stupid and counter-productive. The way to bust the cartels is to legalize pot, a drug that is less harmful than alcohol and has positive medicinal effects.

      November 29, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • bailoutsos

      "five men detained for marijuana possession. The men were in possession of 176 kilos (about 387 pounds) of marijuana" on their way to Willie's house.

      November 30, 2010 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Donna Holland

      At least Ol' Willie still has some life left in him. Good for him. Another major bust by the border patrol. While they were swarming around Willie, 10 amigos packed with stuff crossed over a mile away.

      November 30, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • RollTanc

      This one ranks right up there with busting Tommy Chong and Mark Emery. What a GIANT waste of resources, time and effort! Just legalize the bud and the cartels will rollup and die like the booze gangsters did after prohibition ended.

      The US has to work on reducing our prison population to be somewhere in the ballpark with the rest of the 1st world countries. We can't lock EVERYONE up for god sakes!! Legalizing and/or decriminalizing pot will go a long way here.

      November 30, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Jeff hit it on the head this is why the rest of the world laughs at us. How do law enforcement expect to be taken seriously. Whats next raiding retirement homes.

      November 30, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Willie

      Wow, can you believe the entire Willie Nelson Cartel is going down. Would you guys please start a movement to free me? You can call it Free Willie. LOL

      November 30, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
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