News: After Nelly Drug Bust, Tour Bus Drivers Take New Precautions

Saturday, Oct 13, 2012 11:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Days after Nelly made national headlines for getting arrested on a drug possession and weapon charge, reports claim tour bus companies are now taking new precautions in Sierra Blanca, Texas.

According to reports, some companies will now give their celebrity riders a head's up before reaching the now-notoriousTexas hot spot.

Now, several bus companies tell TMZ, they're aware of the potential risks associated with driving through Sierra Blanca, so they're warning their drivers to stay alert and keep an eye out for any contraband on board their buses. One company says their drivers now inform passengers about the checkpoint ahead of time, giving them "a warning to abandon all illicit items if they do happen to sneak some aboard." Meanwhile, another says, "It's just idiotic. Just plain idiotic to risk having something like that on board. You'd have to be stupid to allow that kind of stuff on the bus. That's why we make sure that doesn't happen on our line." Sierra Blanca: the anti-drug. (TMZ)

A few days ago, Nelly came clean on the publicized arrest.

"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, October 11th. Neither I nor anyone else on the tour bus was aware of his decision to bring these on board. Law enforcement officials in Sierra Blanca, Texas did not press charges against anyone other than that individual." (Miss Info TV)

Earlier this year, rap star Snoop Dogg got busted on a drug charge in Sierra Blanca.

Remember when rapper Snoop Dogg was arrested near El Paso, Texas after Border Patrol agents smelled marijuana coming from his tour bus on January 7? Well, the pot-loving musician had to make arrangements with the court in Hudspeth County by Friday and RumorFix has learned exclusively that he's done just that and was fined a whopping $537. (Note the sarcasm) Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., was cited for having drug paraphernalia -- which is a Class C misdemeanor. The clerk at the Hudspeth County Courthouse tells us that Snoop Dogg, who has a license in California for medical marijuana, didn't appear in court, but made a phone call to make arrangements for payment. (RumorFix)

Even music icon Willie Nelson ran into trouble with Sierra Blanca police back in 2010.

Rapper Snoop Dogg was stopped recently in Sierra Blanca, Hudspeth County Sheriff's deputies said. Officials at the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Snoop Dogg was stopped, but could not immediately offer further details. Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., is known worldwide as a rap artist. According to his Twitter, he was in San Antonio on Sunday. Back in 2010, country singer Willie Nelson was arrested at a Border Patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca for allegedly having about 6 ounces of marijuana. Johnny Cash was arrested in October 1965, and held in the El Paso County Jail on a misdemeanor narcotics charge. (El Paso Times)

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