On this day in 2006, 73 year-old Willie Nelson’s tour bus was stopped near Lafayette, LA, and Nelson, along with four members of his band, were arrested for possession of marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms.
Nelson and the four others were given misdemeanor citations for possession of narcotic mushrooms and marijuana after a traffic stop. “When the door was opened and the trooper began to speak to the driver, he smelled the strong odor of marijuana,” a local news release stated. A search of the bus produced 1½ pounds of marijuana and slightly more than three ounces of magic mushrooms.
There were enough drugs to merit a felony charge of distribution if they had been found in one person’s possession, state police spokesman Willie Williams said. But all five claimed the drugs as their own and the drugs were not packaged for resale, so each was charged with misdemeanors, said Williams. All were released after the citations were issued.