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by JULIAN AGUILAR

Sierra Blanca, Texas, appears to be bad luck for musicians.

Snoop Dogg tokes up.

Rapper and part-time actor Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus Jr., was arrested early Saturday after agents at the West Texas Border Patrol checkpoint found marijuana in the singer’s tour bus. U.S. Border Patrol officials arrested him, and Hudspeth County sheriff’s deputies subsequently issued Broadus a citation, the El Paso Times reported.

The amount of pot recovered was about .13 pounds — a small amount considering Broadus’ well-known affinity for the drug. CNN reports that Snoop Dogg has a prescription for medical marijuana in California.

His arrest marks the second time in a little more than a year that a famous musician was arrested at the checkpoint on a charge of marijuana possession. In late 2010, country music legend Willie Nelson was arrested there after authorities found about six ounces of pot in his tour bus. Nelson’s arrest caused a bit of a stir after the judge in his case threw out a plea agreement — that Nelson sing “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” and mail in a small fine — after deciding it reeked of preferential treatment.

Broadus was ordered to appear in court on or before Jan. 20.


JULIAN AGUILAR reports for The Texas Tribune where this story was originally published. It is reprinted here through a news partnership between the Tribune and the San Marcos Mercury.

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2 thoughts on “Snoop Dogg arrested in West Texas on marijuana charges

  1. Hope he can sing like Willie.
    On the other hand, we lost the War on Drugs so many years ago. Now we’re just throwing our treasure at a lost cause, clogging up the courts, ruining Mexico and other countries, and imprisoning people for no good purpose. In the early years, I thought the War on Drugs was important. Now I know better. We ought to tax and control drugs as we do alcohol. Many European & Scandinavian countries have learned how to handle the problem, but so far our legislators are too afraid of looking weak on crime. Shame on them for not leading us out of this War on Drugs mess we’ve created.
    If I ever sit on a jury for someone charged for possession of a small amount of marijuana I will vote to acquit. If enough jurors do the same, maybe the laws will get changed and the police and courts will have more time to handle important things.

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