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Willie Nelson Pot Bust: Singer Arrested For Marijuana Possession

First Posted: 11/26/10 09:05 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:15 PM ET

Willie Nelson Pot Bust Texas
Willie Nelson performs before NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Larry Papke)

SIERRA BLANCA, Texas (AP) -- A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman says country singer Willie Nelson was charged with marijuana possession after 6 ounces was found aboard his tour bus in Texas.

Patrol spokesman Bill Brooks says the bus pulled into the Sierra Blanca, Texas, checkpoint about 9 a.m. Friday. Brooks says an officer smelled pot when a door was opened and a search turned up marijuana.

Brooks says the Hudspeth County sheriff was contacted and Nelson was among three people arrested.

Sheriff Arvin West didn't immediately return a phone message left at his home Friday, but he told the El Paso Times that Nelson claimed the marijuana was his. The singer was held briefly a $2,500 bond before being released.

Nelson spokeswoman Elaine Schock declined to comment when contacted via e-mail by The Associated Press.

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