Nelly tour bus stopped by Texas police
Rapper Nelly has become the latest victim of the notorious Sierra Blanca border checkpoint in Texas. The rapper’s tour bus was searched by police and found to contain a loaded gun, 36 small bags of heroin and a duffel bag full of marijuana.
Nelly and members of his party were detained by the Texas officers. A tour staff member called Brian Keith Jones eventually admitted that the gun and the drugs were his and was arrested. Nelly was freed by police.
"It is my understanding a member of my staff made an unfortunate decision to bring unlawful materials onto our tour bus that resulted in his arrest this morning," Nelly said. "Neither I nor anyone else on the tour bus was aware of his decision to bring these on board. Law enforcement officials did not press charges against anyone other than that individual."
The checkpoint has become a fruitful location for the police to search travelling musicians. Willie Nelson, Fiona Apple and (unsurprisingly) Snoop Dogg have all been caught in possession of drugs by local police in recent months.
Apple was distressed at her treatment by some of the officers when arrested for possession of hashish in September, complaining they had been mocking her while she was being held in custody. An officer called Rusty Fleming wrote her a sarcastic letter, saying: "Now you've been arrested it appears your entire career has been jump-started. Don't worry Sweetie. I won't bill you."
Meanwhile, other touring musicians are poring over road-maps, looking for routes that steer well clear of Sierra Blanca.