Willie Nelson Case to Be Handled Like Any Other, Prosecutor Says

ST. MARTINVILLE, La. (AP) _ Willie Nelson could receive more than misdemeanor drug charges from his run-in with Louisiana state police -- that is, if a local prosecutor finds reason to upgrade the charges.

Louisiana state police stopped Nelson's tour bus early Monday on Interstate Ten near Breaux (BROH') Bridge, Louisiana. Inside, a trooper allegedly found a pound-and-a-half of marijuana and two-tenths of a pound of psychedelic mushrooms, which are felony narcotics if pure.

Five people, including the 73-year-old Nelson, were issued misdemeanor simple possession charges for the drugs. That's after all five allegedly claimed the drugs were for personal use. None of those involved were arrested.

Having all five claim the drugs for themselves is a rarity for Saint Martin Parish District Attorney Chester Cedars. He says his office will decide whether to upgrade the charges to a felonies or further downgrade them -- based on evidence provided by the trooper.

Cedars says his office could be ready to move on the case within 30 to 45 days.