Willie Nelson’s Crew cited for marijuana and moonshine possession tonight; show cancelled

There are some disappointed fans in Kenansville, North Carolina tonight.  Willie Nelson and Family were not able to perform, owing to the fact that the North Carolina Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement stormed the the bus of Willie Nelson’s crew before the show tonight, and cited everyone present  for possession of moonshine or a misdemeanor amount of marijuana.   (Oh, but what would Poodie think about his moonshine being confiscated?)

I talked to a fan who was  in the audience, who said they started to wonder what was going on when someone started taking Lukas’ Nelson’s drum set apart, and then Billy English’s chime and other percussion instruments were removed from the stage.  Then, someone from the venue came and announced that the show was being cancelled, because Willie Nelson was ill or suffering from carpal tunnel sydrome, and told people how to ask for refunds. 

Willie and his bus were not at the venue yet and he was not ticketed.  The band is scheduled to perform in Rome, Georgia tomorrow night as scheduled, according to Willie’s website, www.WillieNelson.com.   The band is scheduled for another North Carolina show on Saturday, but I don’t think North Carolina deserves another visit.  But I guess it would be the fans who suffer if he doesn’t go.

How to File a Complaint or Commendation with ALE:

If you feel you have been treated improperly by an ALE employee, or if you have a significant concern regarding the actions of an ALE employee, please call, write or visit:

Alcohol Law Enforcement Division
Attn: Professional Standards
4704 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4701
(919) 733-4060


36 Responses to “Willie Nelson’s Crew cited for marijuana and moonshine possession tonight; show cancelled”

  1. George says:

    God bless them all.

  2. Lane says:

    I can’t believe these guys didn’t have something better to do like arrest real criminals. I wonder if the affiliation with popcorn sutton had anything to do with it. The law in that area hated him and arrested him a couple times. ElPaso and NC in a short timeframe…scary.

  3. Gene says:

    Fuc*ing “Police State” I live in NC and I have never seen a more Gastapo enviroment than here, I have been driving through the country and “Blam” license check….my ass, they just aren’t smart enough to do any actual undercover work, so they just go by numbers, the more cars they check the more honest working people they arrest, I loved it when that bad-ass sheriff got his shit in the wringer near Winston Salem, he had spiders and shit painted all over his cars and did jailhouse interviews…..served him right, Quit messing with a “National Treasure” and a truly decent human being, go catch some terrosits or something …..geez!

  4. Monique says:

    I’m so sorry for all Willie fans in North Carolina. I hope for all of you they will change the law according to this soon. It are just the innocent and nice people they arrested, while the real criminals are walking free …

  5. Joanne says:

    What a shame

  6. Cherie says:

    Please Dear Lord send special guardian angels to keep an eye out for WN&F in Jesus name amen

  7. Sparky says:

    I’ve waited 30 years to see my hero perform… The Sherriffs Dept in Duplin couldnt give a Rat… They were waiting to pounce and didnt want this concert in the first place. I hope that place falls down for lack of use. Hope no one place there again. Wake up Duplin County…. Get those Douche bags out of office.

  8. Jennifer says:

    so sad for all the fans involved

  9. LindaLee says:

    Yeah, a lot of disappointed fans. And upsetting for the crew. Willie and his people do not deserve this.

  10. whatever says:

    Whatever , he got a ticket ! So what put it in your pocket and go play the show. Sounds like Willie was being a baby !

  11. LindaLee says:

    I would have been upset if my friends and employees would have been harassed like that — how about you? And Willie was not ticketed, but maybe he didn’t want his home to be invaded by a swarm of state cops looking for trouble — would you? We don’t know, do we, but please don’t call people names here. Don’t make me delete your posts, whatever! 🙂

  12. Jennifer says:

    preach on Linda!!!! preach on!!!!

  13. RUFF66 says:

    Delete ’em LL. Wow what an …. oops I can’t type what I want to or I will get deleted.

  14. Joanne says:

    From the looks of that venues web site, they needed some excitement in that town. lol Ridiculous

  15. Joanne says:

    From the looks of that venues web site, they needed some excitement in that town. lol Ridiculous

  16. Monique says:

    I’m inspired by it … Just posted some moonshine on my Facebook page 😉 It’s not from the NC moon …

  17. Blow ME says:

    Rumor has it the ALE agents were bragging a week prior to concert regarding how they were going to bust Nelson.

    I don’t blame Willie for not playing…I’ll never go to Duplin county for anything else. Maybe Obama can help the county when they can’t make ends meet…shame on you

  18. LindaLee says:

    Asheville, NC show for tomorrow night has been postponed now. Too bad for the NC fans.

  19. Monique says:

    That’s so sad … I’m glad I don’t live there … I haven’t seen Willie for too long, but it’s worse to have a ticket and the show is postponed because of “that” incident … 🙁

  20. JoJo says:

    What a nice NC welcome to one of the hardest working crews.I really don’t understand picking on somebody that is just passing through.It does nothing to reduce actual crime in the area.
    I would call them @ssholes but that would imply that they actually perform a somewhat beneficial function. No hard feelings if I get deleted 🙂

  21. Dan S says:

    Well I guess that means I’ll just have to drive to VA or SC the next time I’m trying to see Willie play. Richmond is coming up soon…

  22. MissTex says:

    It’s all so senseless!!! Cops on a power/ego trip. Can’t you just hear them? “Woo-Hoo we busted Willie Nelson’s guys. We’re gonna make front page tomorrow”. BAD, BAD, BAD!!!

  23. LindaLee says:

    BlowMe: Sorry: I had to edit out a little of your post, but I read it and understand your sentiment. Thanks for visiting the blog, but I just can’t be that negative here. I understand how someone could be though, really, and say those things.

  24. LindaLee says:

    I agree, Monique, those fans were in their seats, ready for the show. How disappointing would that be! One fan and friend who visits this blog and shares pictures and videos from time to time, said he had the best seat ever, on the aisle, up close, and was already to take some great pictures. It has to hurt the economy. I agree, it doesn’t help bring down crime in the area or anything. It seems like they were after Willie. I don’t blame him if he doesn’t go back. The fans will have to travel to see his show now, which is too bad.

    And I won’t delete any one’s posts just because they swear! Really. Sorry if seem punitive with my editing of the posts!

  25. Monique says:

    That’s too bad, Linda. I really feel sorry for them. I understand people get emotional and say (write) things they normally don’t.

    I have been thinking: What would Willie do? Well … I think Willie would show his sweet smile, wipe the NC dust from his feet and move on. He won’t argue or swear, just leave … and that’s the wised thing to do … Please correct me if I’m wrong …

  26. George says:

    I have been thinking: What would Willie do? Well … I think Willie would show his sweet smile, wipe the NC dust from his feet and move on. He won’t argue or swear, just leave … and that’s the wised thing to do … Please correct me if I’m wrong …


    I think you’ve got it right. Thanks for the reminder. 😉

  27. Kathy says:


  28. Jan(RRL) says:

    I THINK you are absolutely right George!! That is just Willie’s nature~~so,,their loss,,OUR gain,,puts Willie in Texas a day earlier!!!!

  29. LindaLee says:

    Oh don’t you guys think Willie got a little mad about it all? It sure made me mad.

  30. Jan(RRL) says:

    Probably not as mad,,as upset~~And I am sure it made him miss Poodie even more than usual~~~~~

  31. LindaLee says:

    Yeah, I think you’re right.

  32. tallcal101 says:

    NC does not deserve the kindness and gentle nature of my good friend and second family. Say what you want about CA,my home state. Southern hospitality has been reduced to red neck cops running amok.Our doors are open to all who repsect human kindness and the privacy of house and home,even if it has 10 wheels.Come west youngin’s,get out of that stink hole.

  33. J. says:

    Red Neck, Napoleon Syndrome,megalomaniac cops. they all must have been made fun of in Elementary or High School . They’re the same no matter what state you’re in. Leave Willie alone.

  34. LindaLee says:

    yeah, leave them alone

  35. Anonymous says:

    yea u r

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