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Willie Nelson charged with pot possession in Texas

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2010 photo, Willie Nelson performs before the start of the NASCAR AAA Texas 500 auto race at Texas Motor Speedway, in Fort Worth, Texas. A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman says Nelson was charged with marijuana possession after 6 ounces was found aboard his tour bus, Friday, Nov. 26, 2010, in Sierra Blanca, Texas. FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2010 photo, Willie Nelson performs before the start of the NASCAR AAA Texas 500 auto race at Texas Motor Speedway, in Fort Worth, Texas. A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman says Nelson was charged with marijuana possession after 6 ounces was found aboard his tour bus, Friday, Nov. 26, 2010, in Sierra Blanca, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp, File)
November 26, 2010

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SIERRA BLANCA, Texas—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.