Willie Nelson was found with 6 ounces of marijuana on his tour bus and consequently arrested on Friday at a border patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas. Nelson was traveling without his band from a Californian Thanksgiving holiday to his ranch in Austin, TX.
Nelson’s bus, the Honeysuckle Rose III, was searched by checkpoint agents around 9 AM. Nelson admitted to possession of the illegal substance and was taken to Hudspeth County jail shortly thereafter.
While Nelson’s publicist had no comment, his longtime harmonica player, Mickey Raphael, said the singer was in good spirits at the time of his release around 1:30 PM on Saturday. Nelson posted a $2,500 bond.
This is not Nelson’s first encounter with the law over drug possession. The singer is not shy about his advocacy for marijuana legalization, and six of his band members were issued citations for moonshine and marijuana in North Carolina earlier this year. In 2006, Nelson received a citation in Louisiana after authorities discovered nearly 1.5 pounds of marijuana and 3 ounces of shrooms on his bus. Nelson paid a fine and served six months’ probation for that offense.