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Willie Nelson Band Members - Charges for Drugs and Alcohol Pending

Apr 11, 2010

Celebrity Crime Beat - Charges against several band members that perform with legendary US musician Willie Nelson are still pending from a January arrest in North Carolina. According to a report from the Sampson Independent, musicians Thomas Ray Hawkins, Dudley Prewitt, Kenneth Koepke, Aaron Foye, Dan Spears, and Robert Lemons were cited, but a prosecutor says test results are needed for any final charges.

Hawkins, Prewitt and Koepke, were each charged with possession of one-half ounce of marijuana and possession of non-tax paid alcohol and the report adds that Foye, Spears and Lemons were cited with possession of non-tax-paid alcohol.


Duplin County, NC district attorney Dewey Hudson held a press conference as he is facing pressure from some opponents that want to know why no real charges have been filed.

He explained that the charges are pending. "I have been inundated with letters and people asking me about the situation with Willie Nelson that involved his band, so I have decided to give an update today," Hudson said during a press conference he called Friday at the Duplin County Courthouse, according to a report.


"We are presently awaiting the drug analysis," he said. "We want to make sure what the ALE (Alcohol, Law Enforcement) contends is marijuana is, in fact, marijuana." More on the story from the Independent.

More possible concerns for law enforcement, Hudson said that a "selective prosecution" charge has been raised by the defense. According to the report band members were arrested by no less than 14 ALE agents on the night in January.


The wire service report notes Hudson, who is running for state Senate, said if he were a lawmaker, he would consider decriminalizing marijuana. Nelson holds the same views and some believe the band was unfairly targeted because of his views.

Others believe Hudson's opinions on marijuana are the reason no charges have yet filed. Despite a request from the AP, Nelson's publicist has declined to comment on the case.


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