NC Prosecutor Says Charges Pending Against Willie Nelson's Band

KENANSVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina prosecutor says he is still planning to prosecute six members of guitarist and singer Willie Nelson's band on drug and alcohol charges.

Duplin County district attorney Dewey Hudson told multiple media outlets Friday that substances seized from the band's bus in January is being tested at the state's crime lab in Raleigh. Nelson was not on the bus at the time.

Hudson has been criticized by some for pursuing the case, but he said he has to show that famous people are not above the law.

The six members of Nelson's band were charged with possession of either marijuana or untaxed liquor before a concert that Nelson canceled because his hand hurt too badly to play.

Nelson's publicist has declined to comment on the case.


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  • by srcaufalot Location: farmville on Apr 11, 2010 at 06:25 PM
    Old Willie needs his Medicine just like all Cannabis Patients such as I.It will b legalized soon,stand up and fight 4 ya rights.We Cannabis Patients have voice in this matter and we stand up 4 legalizing MEDICAL MARIJUANNA
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Apr 11, 2010 at 02:05 PM
    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 snafu.
  • by Linda Location: Vanceboro on Apr 11, 2010 at 05:19 AM
    Members of bands have gotten away with illegal behavior for years. Whether it's the use of illegal drugs or sex with underage girls, most law enforcement look the other way because most bands of notoriety have a sense of entitlement to this kind of behavior.
  • by Boats Location: Beaufort on Apr 11, 2010 at 05:08 AM
    It wouldn't have been a Willie Nelson anything without a little weed and shine. The band has to have a little of that just to get up in the morning. Set a fine, pay it and be done. The prosecutor's just trying to holywood a little. He's must be ixing to run for office.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 11, 2010 at 03:41 AM
    yea how bout clean the meth labs outta your town before messing with a pot smokin country singer, this a publicity stunt all there is to it. they planned this sting on willie months before the concert even named it "operation on the road again" I mean willie didnt look at a map and say lemme play this lil town in duplin county no duplin county contacted willie and as soon as the cops found out they though what a way to become famous bust willie, Meanwhile overlook that you have the most meth labs of any county in eastern north carolina. sure am glad elections are coming up!
  • by Too Funny! Location: ENC on Apr 10, 2010 at 10:00 PM
    Dewey Hudson does not have the intestinal fortitude to prosecute anyone unless they are willing to take a plea bargain. If it is an election year, he will take a high profile case (Ceasar Lauren) and live on his laurels. Just hope he is prepared to fight Dick McNeil....
  • by Bud on Apr 10, 2010 at 08:41 PM
    Ahhh haaa hahahaha, Ahhhhh ahh ah ahaha, LMAO, BoBo the 1 legged Clown, ahhh ha ha ha ! puff puff, ahhh ha ha ha , man, thats so funny. I need a handle like that,
  • by Mark Location: Reynolds on Apr 10, 2010 at 07:24 PM
    Let's all remember this when Mr Dewey Hudson runs for re-election. A good waste of taxpayer money and our citizens are no safer after this HUGE drug bust than we were before. Mr Hudson..... you are truely an idiot.
  • by john Location: winterville on Apr 10, 2010 at 05:33 PM
    considering the number of meth labs in duplin county, you think this lawyer (and bubbleheaded sheriff) would be concentrating on more important things...oh yeh, a local yocal cookin' up some meth doesnt put you in the shine of the spotlight.
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Apr 10, 2010 at 04:44 PM
    I agree with Mr T and others. Slap a fine on them and move on. Why drag this through the courts? It's nothing more than a publicity stunt for a crappy lawyer. As long as they aren't trafficking or hurting anybody, don't try to treat them worse than the average Joe just because they are famous.
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