Willie Nelson's high times in Louisiana didn't result in jail time, as a judge ruled yesterday instead to fine the country icon and put him on probation for a drug bust last fall. Nelson and his tour manager, David Anderson, along with Nelson's sister Bobbie and two drivers were all issued citations in St. Martinville, La. after state troopers found marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms on Nelson's tour bus.
Nelson and Anderson pleaded guilty to the misdemeaner counts in a St. Martinville courtroom yesterday. The State District judge fined them each $1,024 and put them on probation for six months. Charges against Nelson's sister and the two drivers were dismissed.
St. Martin Parish Assistant District Attorney Chester Cedars said he dismissed the citations against the two drivers because there was no indication they “had anything to do with the contraband.”
Nelson emerged from the courtroom to find about 25 fans waiting for him with pens in hand. He happily signed autographs and posed for pictures before hitting the road. He will appear at the Coachella music festival in Indio, Calif. this weekend.
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