Charges Against Willie Nelson Band Members Pending

Charges against members of Willie Nelson's band are still pending.

Officials say they're still awaiting results from a drug analysis test to ensure what was confiscated from the band was in fact marijuana.

The North Carolina Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement cited six members of Willie Nelson's band for possession of moonshine and marijuana.

Nelson was scheduled to perform in Kenansville back in January at the Duplin County Events Center but it was cancelled.

Concert promoters said they cancelled the event because Nelson was in pain due to recent hand surgery.

Since then, residents of the community have complained about the cancellation saying the band was targeted by police.

District Attorney Dewey Hudson says its only fair to cite those who are doing wrong.

Nelson was not present at the time the six band members were cited.


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  • by Scuppernong Shine Location: Wake Forest on Apr 17, 2010 at 06:10 PM
    I'm NOT smart enough to figure out all this. But, man, why automatically lump GOOD FOLKS who want the law to be A LITTLE BIT FLEXIBLE into the same "evil / pro-drug" category? (Some people here are so inflexible, it's nonsensical. Like Fred G. Sanford used to say, "You Big Dummy." :)) Willie's band/crew are all old geezers --roaddog musicians, if you will -- who made their life's choices, long long long ago. Save a teenager from drugs, I totally agree. BUT THE GREATER GOOD SHOULD'VE BEEN NOT DESTROYING THE EVENTS CENTER. For a nip of 'shine and less than a pinch of weed? I just hate to see the dominoes fall the way they have. Duplin County and ENC loses out in the end.
  • by Jeremy Location: DC on Apr 14, 2010 at 07:55 AM
    To Dave, Zeek, and everyone else that don't like the way we do the "Duplin" way of life. NO one asked for your input on Duplin County. They broke the law and got caught. Do the crime pay the time. No one is better than anyone else. GOD created us all equal. Yes some are "better off" than others. Know this it says in the BIBLE, "For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." Luke 18:25 I would rather be in poor DUPLIN COUNTY with all the riches waiting on me. God Bless
  • by From kenansville Location: DC on Apr 12, 2010 at 12:31 PM
    I agree with "Proud to be from Duplin!". I also feel that its about time Willie's band gets caught, they live in the US just like we do and they should have to abide by the same laws.
  • by Dave on Apr 12, 2010 at 09:19 AM
    I'm not saying the smell of Duplin is the problem, I happen to have lived in a trailer on a hog farm. MY "one big traielr park" comment is in reference to the demanor or 98% of the people I've ever met from duplin co. Reminds me of the show "trailer park boys" that comes on direct tv's channel full of strange shows....
  • by VR Location: Selma on Apr 11, 2010 at 06:08 PM
    Doug Parsons was Dewey Jr.'s campaign in 06, now he is the band members attorney by way of pro hoc vice that is conflict of interest and smells of fraud upon the court.
  • by VR Location: Selma on Apr 11, 2010 at 06:03 PM
    Doug Parson was Dewey Jr.'s campaign manager back in 2006, and now he is the band members attorney by way of pro hoc vice.
  • by Proud to be from Duplin! on Apr 11, 2010 at 10:47 AM
    To those of you criticizing Duplin County: There are many good, hardworking citizens in our county who do not deserve to be portrayed as "redneck hicks." I lived for two years in Charlotte, NC and was glad to come home to my roots. My parents taught me that if you don't have anything good you can say, then don't say anything at all!!! Mr. Zeek, FYI: Mr. Dewey Hudson is not from Duplin County. He is from Sampson but represents Duplin, Sampson and yes, Onslow. Mr. Dave: There are many, hardworking citizens who live in trailers and do not deserve to be insulted. Shame on you! Duplin County Citizens: Be proud of your county. Good things do happen here, contrary to what some individuals proclaim. So, for those of you who can only see Duplin County as being "backwoods, hickish or corrupt", please keep your negative opinions to yourselves!
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Apr 11, 2010 at 10:19 AM
    As I posted earlier, I have been following this story since it happened and have some questions. Was the band invited to play, or did they just call up and ask to play? (Which I doubt). If they were invited to play, were they given a verbal or written briefing of the rules of bands partying backstage in N.C.? Did the Ale officers have a search warrent? I bet the charges will be dismissed based on a technicality.
  • by Jimmy Location: USA on Apr 11, 2010 at 09:35 AM
    Only thing missing was Cheech & Chong.
  • by Amanda Location: DC on Apr 11, 2010 at 08:45 AM
    I think saying that Duplin County is one big trailer park is a little harsh, there is all walks of life in Duplin County as in all other areas, we just happen to think that our you know what doesn't stink, it smells like money.
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