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Willie Nelson Arrested For Marijuana Possession

May 10, 1994 GMT

HEWITT, Texas (AP) _ Singer Willie Nelson was arrested today on misdemeanor drug charges by officers who found him sleeping alongside the highway in his gray Mercedes, police said.

″I can’t give you the details of the case,″ Hewitt police Sgt. Mike Cooper said. ″We found less than two ounces of marijuana in the car, it was both bag and rolled cigarettes.″

The country singer was taken to the McLennan County jail but was no longer there by late morning, officials said.

Nelson, 61, was arrested on a Class B misdemeanor charge shortly after 9 a.m. Officers checking a vehicle parked on an Interstate 35 service road found Nelson lying down in the back seat, police said.

″There was marijuana located in the vehicle and Mr. Nelson was placed under arrest,″ Cooper said.

When asked if Nelson had said what he was doing there, Cooper replied, ″He was traveling and stopped to rest.″

Hewitt is about 5 miles south of Waco.