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NC prosecutor: Nelson band member charges pending

Saturday, April 10, 2010
Willie Nelson performs live

Willie Nelson performs at Farm Aid on Randall's Island in this Sept. 9, 2007, file photo in New York. (AP Photo / AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

A North Carolina prosecutor says he still plans to prosecute six members of guitarist and singer Willie Nelson's band on drug and alcohol charges.

Duplin County District Attorney Dewey Hudson said at a press conference Friday that substances seized from the band's bus in January are being tested at the state crime lab in Raleigh. Nelson was not on the bus at the time.

Hudson has faced criticism for pursuing the case, but says he has to show that famous people are not above the law.

The six members of Nelson's band were charged with possession of either marijuana or untaxed liquor before a concert that Nelson canceled because his hand hurt too badly to play.

Nelson's publicist has declined to comment on the case.

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