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Singer-songwriter Fiona Apple arrested on drug charges

Fiona Apple, a top singer and songwriter who has performed across the country and in Wisconsin, was recently arrested on drug possession charges.

The minor celebrity was stopped while on tour at a police border patrol checkpoint. At this particular checkpoint, law enforcement officials utilize a drug-sniffing canine to determine whether drugs may be on board a vehicle.

When Apple was detained the canine on duty alerted officers that there was the possibility that Apple's tour bus had drugs on board. The police then searched the bus and found a small amount of marijuana and hashish.

Specifically, the police search revealed four grams of marijuana inside of a plastic baggie concealed within a backpack. The plastic bag also contained a clay-like substance in a glass container. That substance tested positive for hashish. Hashish is a byproduct of the marijuana plant. Its active ingredients are the same as marijuana, but more concentrated.

Based on the evidence gathered at the scene, Apple was arrested and spent the night in prison. She was released after posting $10,000 bail.

While possession of marijuana in small amounts is generally considered a misdemeanor in the state in which Apple was arrested, the presence of hashish in any amount is considered a felony. This means that, if convicted, Fiona Apple will be possibly looking at severe consequences, including spending more time in jail.

At this point, Apple allegedly admitted that the drugs were hers. If that is true, then she will need help to consider other possible defenses to these serious drug possession charges.

Source: Associated Press, "Fiona Apple Arrested for Hashish in West Texas," Sept. 20, 2012

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