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6 Celebrities Arrested At The Infamous 'Checkpoint Of The Stars'

Interstate 10 in the West Texas desert is home to a federal inspection station nicknamed the "checkpoint of the stars" because of the famous people - from Fiona Apple to Willie Nelson - who've been arrested for possession of cannabis there.

But this dubious cultural landmark may become a relic of the past, as cuts to federal funding leave Hudspeth County (and its population of 5,000) with the burden of enforcing drug laws in the area.

Sheriff Arvin West has effectively ended cannabis law enforcement in the area by refusing to take any more cases from the checkpoint.

"I don't have a problem whatsoever going out there and arresting them," West told NPR. "I just have a problem making my local taxpayers foot the bill for America's problem. I'm not gonna do the federal government's job." (click here for the full story)

Here's a look back at some of the checkpoint's notable celebrity incursions.

Willie Nelson

The legendary country singer - longtime cannabis advocate and now entrepreneur - was arrested in November 2010 when 6 ounces of marijuana were found on his tour bus.

Armie Hammer

The Lone Ranger himself had a run-in with the law in March 2012 when authorities found 0.02 ounces of cannabis and edibles in his car.

Fiona Apple

In Sept. 2012, a drug-sniffing dog found 0.01 pounds of cannabis and 0.01 pounds of hashish on the Criminal singer's tour bus.


In October 2012, authorities found 10 pounds of cannabis along with 0.64 ounces of heroin and a loaded .45-caliber pistol on the Ride Wit Me singer's tour bus.

Al Reinert

The Apollo 13 writer also penned a thoughtful reflection of the time he was caught with 1.7 ounces of cannabis at what he calls "The Best Little Checkpoint in Texas."

Snoop Dogg


The rap icon and Merry Jane founder was busted with a prescription bottle containing several joints in January 2012. The Doggfather, who had a prescription for medicinal cannabis, freely admitted to possessing the drug.

Honorable mention: Steven Seagal

No, the "Under Siege" star wasn't busted for possession, but he has worked on the other side of the law, pitching in at the checkpoint as a reserve sheriff.

h/t NPR, Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, Daily Telegraph, Hollywood Reporter


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