The aroma of marijuana lingered in the parking lot, and moonshine measured three-quarters full in a quart jar on the tour bus, officials said.
But, despite citations given Thursday night to six of singer-songwriter Willie Nelson's band members for allegedly illegally possessing the substances, the concert was scheduled to go on – that was, until it was announced Nelson wasn't feeling up to playing, according to information from the N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement Division agency out of Wilmington and a news release on Nelson's official Web site.
An official statement from ALE Special Agent in Charge Ted Carlton: "On Thursday, January 28, 2010, thirteen Alcohol Law Enforcement Agents conducted Operation 'On the Road Again' at the scheduled Willie Nelson concert in Kenansville, North Carolina. This operation consisted of enforcement teams working in and around the Duplin Event Center just prior to the scheduled concert. During this operation Alcohol Law Enforcement Agents cited 14 people on 25 various criminal charges. ALE was assisted by the Kenansville Police Department and the Duplin County Sheriff’s Department. If you have any further questions please give me a call. Special Agent in Charge Ted Carlton 910-395-3902"
Seems the ALE targeted him from the start. What a good use of tax money.
One person comments here,
ALE, Duplin County Sheriff’s deputies and Kenansville police didn’t smell pot before they busted Willie Nelson’s band and crew in Kenansville. The bust had been planned for days. ALE officers from across North Carolina forced access to a secured area backstage, yelling “Which bus is Willie’s?” “Where is Willie Nelson?”
Willie Nelson with Imus talking about 2006 bust