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Fiona Apple arrested in Texas

Fiona's mug shot.

Fiona's mug shot.

Fiona Apple, of “Criminal” fame, is apparently sitting in a Texas jail.

According to TMZ, the singer was arrested at a border stop in Sierra Blanca, Texas, yesterday, after hashish was found on her tour bus.

If that city sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same place where Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg and other famous tokers have been arrested for drugs in the past.

The report says the singer, 35, is currently being held at a jail in Hudspeth County.

Apple, who in June released the comeback album “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do,” (seriously) is slated to play The Tabernacle Oct. 3.

34 comments Add your comment

Prohibition Insanity

September 20th, 2012
12:34 pm

End the failed War on Drugs. Between asset forfeiture, the courts, the police, the CIA, the DEA, etc., the government makes more money off drugs being illegal than the drug dealers do. And big surprise they continue to promote a policy that has failed by every measure in achieving its goals.

Either you own you own body and are free to put into it whatever you wish, or the govenrment owns your body.

All laws that exist that address the actions of someone under the influence, etc. that violate the property or person of another must remain on the books, but the simple use, manufacture, or sale of drugs must remain free of government intervention. Will there be utopia? Of course not, but the safety of all of society will be enhanced as drug problems are handled medically instead of criminally and as responsible private sector businesses take over sale and manufacture of these products thus putting the current criminal class out of business.

100+ years of this failed experiment are enough. This country was smart enough to end alcohol prohibition after only 13 miserable and violent years. Why are we so pig-headed and ignorant to allow this travesty to go on this long?

casual observer

September 20th, 2012
12:47 pm

Would this classify as Thug behavior? just wondering…


September 20th, 2012
1:23 pm

How about not doing any shows in that pudunct ass state!


September 20th, 2012
1:25 pm

Prohibition Insanity

I agree, end the war. I say distribute free, I am for making drugs as obtainable as possible. Give out ammo to inner city schools, anything to acclerate the destruction of the idiots. BTW, if you are free to put anything in your body then there is no need to treat anything, you have no issue since it is ok to do it. No way you get to behave as you wish then claim to be “disabled” to mooch.

dick whiskey

September 20th, 2012
1:32 pm

fiona it must be tough being an old washed up drugged out has-been

david c

September 20th, 2012
1:55 pm

Just Say No To Drug Hysteria


September 20th, 2012
1:55 pm

In response to Prohibition Insanity . . . the issue isn’t so much what you do to your body but what your body may do to someone else’s body while intoxicated. And, whether legal or not, it will always cost money and addicts will always need that money. They will do whatever they can to get that money, at the expense of others.

markie mark

September 20th, 2012
1:59 pm

and while we are on the subject of alcohol vs drugs, the average 13 year old can’t plant a Budweiser can, water, fertilize, and then harvest

steve whitmire

September 20th, 2012
2:20 pm

NOT ONLY is the drug war insanely criminal, check out this story in today’s Huffington Post: A pair of scientists at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco has found that a compound derived from marijuana could stop metastasis in many kinds of aggressive cancer, potentially altering the fatality of the disease forever.
“It took us about 20 years of research to figure this out, but we are very excited,” said Pierre Desprez
, one of the scientists behind the discovery, to The Huffington Post. “We want to get started with trials as soon as possible.”
The Daily Beast first reported
on the finding, which has already undergone both laboratory and animal testing, and is awaiting permission for clinical trials in humans.
Desprez, a molecular biologist, spent decades studying ID-1, the gene that causes cancer to spread. Meanwhile, fellow researcher Sean McAllister
was studying the effects of Cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-toxic, non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. Finally, the pair collaborated, combining CBD and cells containing high levels of ID-1 in a petri dish.
“What we found was that his Cannabidiol could essentially ‘turn off’ the ID-1,” Desprez told HuffPost. The cells stopped spreading and returned to normal.


September 20th, 2012
2:21 pm

@casual observer…..I was wondering the same thing!!!!


September 20th, 2012
2:57 pm

hashish and weed makes my gout flare up!


September 20th, 2012
3:18 pm

Prohibition Insanity needs to run for office. He or she will get my vote!!! Need a campaign manager?


September 20th, 2012
3:20 pm

“Drugs win war on drugs. Film at 11″


September 20th, 2012
3:35 pm

Do you think they target tour buses?

hashish is dank

September 20th, 2012
4:47 pm

i love that she smokes hash. woot


September 20th, 2012
4:49 pm

She’s been a bad, bad girl


September 20th, 2012
5:12 pm

What I need is a good defense cause I’m feeling like a criminal…….

Prohibition Insanity

September 20th, 2012
6:15 pm

Jay – I did run for office once in California and that was one of my main planks. Tragically then, as today, far too many are afraid of freedom and prefer the chains of authority (Hope and Chains actually). Thanks for the kind words.

And as for those who want drugs to remain criminal because of what you MIGHT do while under the influence, I would point out that more acts of violence against others are committed by people under the influence of alcohol than all other drugs combined. There are currently people in Britain who are on heroin maintenance programs in which they smoke heroin laced cigarettes during the day and don’t kill anyone, manage to hold down a job, and are otherwise productive. “Reefer Madness” was a complete lie, and so are most of the other lies the media and other perpetuate about drug users. Also, the current price of drugs is SO high simply because of prohibition. With the right license, you can buy meth, heroin, cocain and other drugs from reputable chemical companies for only about $5 a gram versus $100 or more on the black market. Anyone could afford those prices with a regular job, or certainly wouldn’t need to steal to afford them if they were legal.

And before you go there, I ask, if they were all legal, would you start using? If you wouldn’t, why would anyone/everyone else? Maybe if we removed the “taboo” about drugs we would see an actual decrease in usage.

In the Netherlands where marijuana is legal at age 16, their teenage drug use is far lower by percent than in this country where it is illegal?? Look it up for yourself.

And people have been smoking marijuana and hashish for over 10,000 years with not a single death attributable to the drug’s direct use.

We need to end the police state.


September 20th, 2012
6:29 pm

She’s been a Bad Bad Girl….

Buford T. Injustice

September 20th, 2012
7:03 pm

Sounds like Sierra Blanca is practicing selective prosecution by assuming all band tour buses contain drugs. What happened to probable cause?

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September 21st, 2012
3:23 am

somebody is polishing that apple about now. smoke this!

Malcolm Kyle

September 21st, 2012
3:52 am

The only people that believe prohibition is working are the ones making a living by enforcing laws in it’s name, and those amassing huge fortunes on the black market profits. This situation is wholly unsustainable, and as history has shown us, conditions will continue to deteriorate until we finally, just like our forefathers, see sense and revert back to tried and tested methods of regulation. None of these substances, legal or illegal, are ever going to go away, but we CAN decide to implement policies that do far more good than harm.

During alcohol prohibition in the 1920s, all profits went to enrich thugs and criminals. Young men died every day on inner-city streets while battling over turf. A fortune was wasted on enforcement that could have gone on treatment. On top of the budget-busting prosecution and incarceration costs, billions in taxes were lost. Finally the economy collapsed. Sound familiar?

Ending prohibition would greatly reduce, even almost eliminate, the market in illegal narcotics, cause a reduction in the number of users and addicts, greatly curtail drug related illness and deaths, reduce societal harm from problematic abusers, and bring about an enormous reduction in the presence and influence of organized crime. The people who use drugs are our own children, our brothers, our sisters, our parents, and our neighbors. By allowing all adults safe and controlled legal access to psychoactive substances, we will not only greatly reduce the dangers for both them and ourselves but also greatly minimize the possibility of ‘peer-initiation’ and sales to minors.

* It only takes one juror to prevent a guilty verdict.
* You are not lawfully required to disclose your voting intention before taking your seat on a jury.
* You are also not required to give a reason to the other jurors on your position when voting. Simply state that you find the accused not guilty!
* Jurors must understand that it is their opinion, their vote. If the Judge and the other jurors disapprove, too bad. There is no punishment for having a dissenting opinion.

If you sincerely believe that prohibition is a dangerous and counter-productive policy then you can stop helping to enforce it. You are entitled—required even—to act according to your conscience: PLEASE VOTE TO ACQUIT!


September 21st, 2012
8:29 am

And people have been smoking marijuana and hashish for over 10,000 years with not a single death attributable to the drug’s direct use.

Bold faced lie.

The list of celebrities that have died as a result of herion overdoses is a mile long. Just FYI, an overdose is direct use.


September 21st, 2012
8:40 am

I wish I would have found this before my lifelong friend succumbed to cancer at 36,

The drug war is a scam.

2nd Hand Smoke

September 21st, 2012
8:49 am

I am assuming that the bus driver was wearing an oxygen mask so that he would not be inhaling any of Fiona’s smoke while he drove a 30,000 pound tour bus along a crowded interstate highway. That would be the responsible thing to do. They would have taken that precaution, right?

Own your body, I don’t care what you do, but do it at home so other people are not in harm’s way.


September 21st, 2012
12:56 pm

There are no border crossings in Hudspeth County. The nearest border crossing is near Tornillo in EL PASO County.

Why is her bus being stopped in Hudspeth County when it is already in the US?? Is this another one of those illegal checkpoints the government sets up miles away from the border?


September 21st, 2012
4:09 pm

Arc, they are referring to the Texas border with New Mexico, not the US border with Mexico. Regardless, if you are a big time rocker and your bus is on the interstate and you get pulled over, why not have your roadie/lackey/gopher/personal assistant take the fall for owning the hash? Isn’t that part of their job. David Lee Roth never understood that either, the big dummy. He got busted trying to make a buy. Jeez, send your assistant! Mick gets it. Take a lesson, future rock stars. Don’t have the stuff among your own possessions.

Mick Jagger

September 21st, 2012
4:35 pm

Quite Right, Tejas. Plausible denial. You can disavow anything if you are clever enough to be five steps away from it.


September 21st, 2012
11:40 pm

xxx – Sorry you are unable to read. My comment was about marijuana and hashish (a specific portion of the flower that contains the THC in high concentrations) NOT HEROIN. I am fully aware of the dangers of heroin. Once again however, most deaths are because purity is unknown (dealers are never sure of what potency they are buying, they cut it with whatever – including even portland cement dust – and users are never able to accurately judge how much they are taking). A specific dose of a specific potency would likely elminate all of the accidental overdoses we have seen over the decades.

Again, government policy is indirectly killing thousands. I have seen in several documentaries British doctors acknowledging that heroin use itself (a pure, unadulterated product) is actually not that harmful to the user. It is all the substances it is cut or diluted with that go directly into the veins and cause the physical damage. The patients on the heroin maintenance programs in Britain are relatively healthy, just unfortunately so addicted to heroin that withdrawl would likely kill them. No, not utopia, but also a mechanism to eliminate the crime, violence, and other issues tied directly to the government’s war on drugs (not the drugs themselves).

Next time read the full post carefully and stop dealing so emotionally with this issue. This is simple economics and as Malcolm Kyle so accurately pointed out, a situation in which many are getting very rich (including govenrment) because this drug war is being waged.


September 21st, 2012
11:43 pm

And yes, I agree with Malcolm. The best thing you can do to end this failed experiment is to simply vote to acquit. Slavery, prohibition, and other criminal injustices of government were all ended in part because government prosecutors could not win convictions against people they considered criminals.



September 21st, 2012
11:46 pm


September 23rd, 2012
4:30 pm

So are we seriously saying that it will be better for society and our kids if crack is sold legally? Where shall we sell it? Wal-mart? Target? Publix? In the medicine aisle? Medicinal marijuana, yes, I get that but a blanket statement that drugs should be legalized is a seriously flawed notion. Won’t drug dealers retaliate by selling the “stronger” versions & create a niche market for their “product”? Drug dealers won’t just sit back and freshen up their resumes before entering the workforce…yes, ENTERING for probably the 1st time in their miserable lives. Drug dealers ARE bottom feeders. Scumbags. Dregs of society. They are indeed criminals. Has the legalization of prostitution decreased the activity in Nevada or anywhere else that it is legal? I can only assume that proponents of the legalization of all drugs are either drug dealers, relatives of drug dealers, or customers.


September 24th, 2012
5:46 am

“In a statement, the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office said that during routine check of U.S. citizenship a drug sniffing dog detected the presence of controlled substances inside the tour bus.”
A routine check for citizenship…..hmmmm. I did not know dogs could tell if you where a citizen or not. Well if someone met through accident i would like to suggest that they should immediately contact Car Accident Lawyer for claiming against the losses.