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. dsn63

    Another wrong turn for Willie but then again we've all made wrong turns.Don't be so quick to judge hm,people who live in glass houses.

    November 27, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. PinkFlam

    Every once in a while, Willie gets stoned and forgets to mail the payola to the man. The man sniffs him out to remind him who is boss. You go, Willie. By the way, does Wonder Woman still get it on?

    November 27, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John in AZ

    Yes, yes, no one is above the law and blah blah blah...but arresting Willie Nelson on pot possession? That's just un-American people!!!

    November 27, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hymie

    Oh my God, no, this is on Hussein Obama's watch
    But he was arrested in Texas so some how it must be George Bush's fault

    November 27, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • John in AZ

      Seriously...grow up!

      November 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. time2think

    Any free thinking American will ask why pot is illegal. Look up what happened in the 1930's. Pot is a huge threat to big business.
    What do people do when they smoke pot? They relax with their friends, laugh and get the munchies. Now how about alcohol? They get loud and obnoxious, violent sometimes. Pot is a gentle drug. It does NOT do the damage that alcohol and other drugs can do!
    Wake up people!

    November 27, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ed Elmore

    NAFTA opened our borders to umlimited semis full of drugs while theDEA looked the other way and American banks launder billions in mexican drug proffits.
    leave Willy alone!

    November 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. James

    (singing) i'll never smoke weed with Willie again.....

    November 27, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MJB

    Anyone surprised. Must of been so many years of smoking that stuff that he forgot not to be carring it around on person or baggage. What a numb nut ! !

    November 27, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Richie

    It's a known fact that weed is safer than cigarettes, yet the government spend millions in enforcing it as an illegal substance. Why? Because alcohol companies don't want a cheaper alternative to getting high.

    November 27, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • saftgek

      When someone opens their comments with "It's a known fact . . ." you know the methane level in the air is going to skyrocket and break the meter.

      The truth is marijuana has more carcinogens than tobacco, and users are 9.5x more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle collision than non-users.

      All growers/manufacturers/distributors are committed to one thing: personal gain at the cost of a degraded society. All the aforementioned criminals responsible for providing dope (yes, the substance and the users are of one definition – for it takes a dope to use dope) should be prosecuted for capital crimes. Dope has no legitimate place in our country. It is a social and financial drain on our society. The entire world would be far better off without those who supply the emotionally weak and socially defiant with dope.

      November 28, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. Rhoda

    The really scary people on the roads are DRUNK DRIVERS.. They are the ones that are killing innocent people. Not pot smokers...

    November 27, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. thurvin

    Isn't busting Willie for pot like shooting fish in the barrel? Don't Border Agents have something better to do? Like stopping or at least slowing the million of illegals that cross the border every year, or stopping or at least slowing unknown tons of dangerous drugs (like heroin cocaine,and meth etc )that cross border every day. One can't grow coca here to my knowledge. So, the crack dealers I see downtown have to get somewhere.

    November 27, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • evoc

      No kidding! It is time for Willie to move to California. San Diego would be nice to him.

      November 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • nursechris

      Well, given Willies' annual experience with this I should think he would have become more saavy over the years unless...can't be...a lifetime of marijuana abuse has rendered him stupid.

      November 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Username28

      Free Willie!
      Free Willie!
      Free Willie!

      November 27, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teresa

      That's so funny! Great Post.

      November 27, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      Yeah Willie! Move to San Diego. If your music career turns sour you can always work in the tunnels at the border. Then you can have all the pot you need. DEA leave poor Willie alone!

      November 27, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duke64

      I feel so much safer now!

      November 27, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Schoolmarm

      Marijuana kills!

      November 27, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • david wahl

      when will this charade stop..arresting Willie Nelson and the rest of the country for pot is an expensive exercise in futility

      November 27, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lameduck

      An admitted pot user gets arrested. How many tax dollars were wasted on this great sting?

      November 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • jdmintexas

      Come on Willie! Don't you think this outlaw bit has done got out of hand? I know your Mama Tried, but you turned out to be the only hell your mama ever raised. Stop this and trust me, there ain't no good chain gang. Good thing it happened in Texas though, cause there ain't no God in Mexico, ain't no comfort in the can, when you're down in Matamoris getting busted by the man.

      November 27, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prop 19

      It's amazing that after all these years in which Willie Nelson has openly admitted his usage that he is arrested now. This leads me to believe that he better be involved in the 20 tons of marijuana product they just found in a border tunnel because that seems to be the real issue (among other cartel tunnels). And presuming he wasn't involved, the only reason I can see that the government would bust him is he isn't paying their taxes anymore. Now that Willie's popularity is apparently declining they noticed he wasn't filling their pockets so he's no longer useful. Other opinions of course are welcome. It just seems the major issue are these cartel tunnels that A. cannot be taxed because it is illegally imported from Mexico B. Fund raise for more violent action in Mexico and keep the cartels in power C. Are a threat to national security. Maybe start digging for tunnels instead of following Willie's Tour Bus is all I'm saying...that is unless he leads authorities to these tunnels which is preposterous he's no villain just a hippie.

      November 27, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jetbox

    Look at this guy CULO'S comments: "My Willie is hard. Do you want it?" then his next comment is "My Willie is free. Do you want it?" his then answered "Are you white or brown? What if you're yello?" another reply Culo makes is "it was border patol, federal officers, no TX cops" – WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM CULO? MAYBE IF YOU START SMOKING SOME GOOD STUFF THIS WORLD WILL BE A BETTER PLACE

    November 27, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • evoc

      Where is culo now...

      November 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • RickyL

      He changed his name to allallah.

      November 27, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • culo

      I'm here. you are a bunch of ridiculous people for posting support of drugs. DIX.

      November 27, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • culo

      society is f-up enough without legally introducing another substance to f- it up even more.

      November 27, 2010 at 12:59 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 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • maybe

      or maybe its prohibition is the reason its so screwed up in the first place.

      But I'm sure you can't see past the nose on your face, so I'm not going to bother explaining it to you.

      November 27, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • How Sad

      @ culo: says the loser with a bottle of booze in one hand and a cigarette in the other.

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

    Why do they bother arresting old men for pot charges?

    Oh that's right, because they are non-violent and easier for the cops to arrest. Wouldn't want the border patrol to do anything to the illegals.

    Our brave border patrol sure is protecting America

    November 27, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • evoc

      Free Willie! Run, Willie, run!

      November 27, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. genji

    Willie has always been associated with pot. Sounds like a set-up to me. Who's behind this and why?

    November 27, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Freedomfor All

    This is how it begins when you start getting checked white black or hispanic when we start giving away our rights to politicians to keep us safe very soon will all be asked for our papers and asked where were going and why. Homeland Security Dept.or Stasi Security Dept.take your pick

    November 27, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      While I agree its totally bogus that an American legend/treasure such as Willie would be subject to a search and seizure of marijuana, the safest substance its ok to demonize. I do have to say if theres anywhere one should at least be subject to a little more scrutiny in this country its the borders. I also get the feeling if this was DEA or Marshall or TSP there would have been a different outcome. Theres a lot of new Border Patrol agents and Im sure many just dont understand you dont arrest guys like Willie for pot.

      November 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
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