20. Brad Renfro
1998- He was arrested after he was pulled over in Tennessee because police found cocaine and marijuana in his pants and socks. Sadly, he died of an accidental heroin overdose in 2008.
19. Paul Reubens
Better known by his character name “PeeWee Herman”, Reubens was arrested in 1971 for possession and then famously was arrested for indecent exposure in 1991. I still think of him every time I hear the song “Tequila.” (You know, the dance on the bar with the white platform shoes in “PeeWee’s Big Adventure.) Classic.
18. David Lee Roth
The singer who rocked the spandex while rocking out with Van Halen was arrested in 1993 in New York City’s Washington Square Park for buying pot from an undercover police officer. He later described his purchase as “$10 worth of Jamaican, bunk reefer maan” and became a punchline for late-night television.
17. Ja Rule
2004- arrested for marijuana possession during a traffic stop, charges were dropped.
16. Carlos Santana
1991- The Grammy award winning guitar player was arrested at Houston Airport for transporting 5 grams of marijuana from Mexico.
15. Bon Scott
The lead singer for AC/DC was on of the first Australian rockers to be charged with possession of marijuana in the late 60s.
14. Tupac Shakur
The rapper got a lot of arrests under his belt in his short life, mostly for violence. His longest jail term was because of sexual abuse charges against him. While in jail, he was caught with marijuana and confined for 23 hours a day as punishment. He only stayed in jail for 11 months of his 1.5-4.5 year sentence and is the only artist to ever have an album at number one on the Billboard 200 while serving a prison sentence.
13. Charlie Sheen
When the actor was 16, he was arrested for marijuana possession on his mother’s birthday. His parents bailed him out and his dad took him directly to church. The charges were dismissed and coincidentally the judge was a friend of the family.
12. Kimora Lee Simmons
The fashionista was arrested during a traffic stop in 2004 and charged with marijuana possession and a few vehicular infractions.
2003- In Sweden, tried to smuggle weed in a condom and had to pay $6700 fine. 2005- He was seen leaving a club with a baggy of marijuana and was confronted by police but no attempts were made to arrest him. 2008- Went to rehab/psychiatric center.
10. Oliver Stone
The director was arrested and pleaded guilty in 1999 to drug possession and no contest to driving under the influence. His punishment was to go to rehab. In 2005, he was arrested in possession of a small amount of marijuana.
9. Thurman Thomas
Buffalo Bills Player. 2004- arrested at a hotel because guests alerted police that they smelled marijuana and thought Thomas had drugs in his possession. They were right but geez was it necessary to be tattletales?
8. Peter Tork
A member of the band the Monkees, Tork struggled with drugs and alcohol and it led to his arrest and incarceration for several months in the early 70s.
7. Rob Van Dam
Another guy that rocks out the spandex, the wrestler got in trouble in 2006 for having 18 grams of marijuana and 5 Vicodin pills. The result was a $140 fine and a 30 day suspension from the WWE.
6. Marcus Vick
His name sounds familiar because his older brother Michael Vick got in trouble recently for dog fighting/mistreatment. This Vick was arrested in 2004 during a traffic stop for speeding, marijuana possession and contributing to the delinquency of minors. Quit it Vick. Let those minors become delinquents by themselves.
5. Rasheed Wallace
2002- Arrested for marijuana possession at a traffic stop.
4. Dionne Warwick
The singer was held at the Miami International Airport in 2002 after a case containing 11 marijuana cigarettes was found in her carry on bag. Warwich was unsure how the marijuana got in her bag (listen to those annoying announcements at the airport and watch your luggage Dionne!) and the charges were dropped when she agreed to perform a series of public service announcements regarding illegal drugs.
3. Lil Wayne
2006- Employees say they saw a gallon size bag of weed in his room but police report only came back with 60 pills of Alprazolama(used for anxiety disorders and panic attacks), 59 hydrocodone pills and two small burnt joints of marijuana. 2007- Charged with criminal possession of a weapon and marijuana when caught smoking by his bus. Also arrested in Atlanta for having marijuana, over 100 Xanax and hydrocodone pills. He failed to show up to court and an arrest warrant was issued even though he didn’t know it. January 2008- Arrested for having over 100 grams of marijuana, 29 grams of cocaine and 41 grams of ecstasy along with a pistol and tens of thousands in cash. He was released on a bail of $10,185.
2. Dawn Wells
Mary Ann from “Gilligan’s Island” was arrested in 2007 during a traffic stop when 4 partially consumed marijuana cigarettes and several containers of marijuana were found in her car. She failed the field sobriety test and was taken into custody. She was fined $410.50 and place on probation for six months. A five-day jail stay was suspended.
1. Amy Winehouse
2007- The year’s best trainwreck was arrested with her husband in Norway for marijuana possession and were released after paying a fine of 3850 kroner(around $800). She was supposedly “duped” into confessing but fluent English speakers handled the confession so it’s hard to say what she’s referring to. Winehouse was denied a U.S. visa because of “use and abuse of narcotics”, but was later issued one. Let’s leave her across the pond. She’s disturbing enough peace over there.