Indie songstress, Fiona Apple was arrested and taken into custody for hash possession on Wednesday, when her tour bus was stopped for inspection at a border stop in Sierra Blanca, Texas. Apple was held at the local Hudspeth County jail Wednesday night, but was expected to be released on bond on Thursday, according to Rusty Flemming, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s office.
According to Flemming, Apple was only found with “a little tiny amount of pot and hash,” which constitutes a misdemeanor in Texas, as opposed to a felony.
But Apple is hardly the first celebrity to be arrested at the small town border stop. Over the last few years, the West Texas border patrol point has become a notorious site for drug busts, claiming celebrities like Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, and actor Armie Hammer –- all of whom were arrested for marijuana -– among its arrests.
According to a report by the Associated Press, teams of border patrol agents and drug-sniffing dogs inspect more than 17,000 vehicles each day at the checkpoint, including trucks, camper vans, and tour buses like Apple’s.
Although the town itself only houses about 1,000 people, it gets a great deal of traffic from the local Interstate 10, one of the country’s longest interstate highways, which spans eight states, from Florida to California.
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"We get attention because something is being done right," said Adolfo Gonzalez, a sierra Blanca resident, in an interview with the AP. "It'd be worse if we'd let them go because they are celebrities.
Fans of the 35-year-old Grammy winning musician may not be entirely shocked by her arrest, considering Apple has previously admitted to being a fan “of the color green.” On an episode of “The Late Show With Craig Ferguson,” Apple jokingly winked at the audience when asked about her drug use.
During their conversation, Ferguson asked Apple, “Now listen, do you take part in any of the rock ‘n roll culture that-,“ but Apple cut him off midway, cracking up, and saying, “I almost thought that you said ‘do you take pot,’ sorry.”
Taking the bait, Ferguson pressed her, asking, “Do ya? C’mon do ya?” “I’m fond of the color green,” responded Apple. “Do you have glaucoma?” asked Ferguson. “Yes,” she answered, winking.
Watch the video below to see Fiona performing Paul McCartney’s “Let Me Roll It” on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.”