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Country singer charged with drug possession

By Jennifer Griswold Published: June 20, 2007
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PURCELL — Country singer Johnny Rodriguez, charged Friday with three felony drug counts, is due back in McClain County court July 18 for a preliminary hearing conference.

Rodriguez, who lives in Laredo, Texas, was arrested by Blanchard police Friday after officers pulled him over at U.S. 62 and Rockwell on a complaint of speeding, according to a court affidavit filed with the charges.

Officers then found what they believed to be bags of marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and an open container of beer in Rodriguez's pickup, court papers said.

Rodriguez, 55, was charged Friday with felony counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of marijuana and driving under the influence of drugs.

He also was charged with a misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia. He was released from the McClain County jail Saturday on $6,500 bail.

Music career

In the 1970s, Rodriguez had six No. 1 hits on the country charts, including "I Just Can't Get Her Out of My Mind,” "Just Get Up and Close the Door,” "Love Put a Song in My Heart,” "Ridin' My Thumb To Mexico,” "That's The Way Love Goes,” and "You Always Come Back (To Hurting Me).”

According to a Rodriguez fan Web site, he is scheduled to be inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame on Aug. 18. His tour schedule showed he was supposed to sing at the Old West Fest in Sperry on Friday night, but event organizers said he didn't make it.

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