Country singers often sing about drinking whiskey and beer, running into the law with a general tune of getting up to no good, but some country crooners aren’t just putting on a front — they are the real deal! These Southern outlaws got caught red-handed committing crimes. Surprisingly, some skidded away without any punishment while others paid some serious fines and even spent time behind bars! Here’s a look at some of county music’s biggest stars from the past and present and the crimes they’ve committed:
12. Willie Nelson
We must admit, this one isn’t all that surprising. Willie Nelson is open about his marijuana use and in 2006 he got caught red handed for it. Nelson received six months of probation under charges of possession in Louisiana after cops found one-and-a-half pounds of marijuana and 3 oz. of hallucinogenic mushrooms on his tour bus. This wasn’t his first time getting busted for drugs. In the ’90s he caught flack after an officer found a marijuana cigarette in the ash tray of his car. His most recent run-in with the law was in 2010 a few days after Thanksgiving. Nelson got caught with 6 oz. of marijuana after an officer smelled pot in his tour bus when he pulled into a Sierra Blanca checkpoint. Two people were arrested, but Nelson claimed the drugs were his. He was released on a $2,500 bond and instead of going to jail was forced to pay a small fine.