When Texas government adopted the phrase "Don't Mess with Texas" as part of their anti-litter campaign back in 1986, the slogan seemed kinda light-hearted, cheeky even. But when it comes to drugs, the Lone Star State ain't messin' around. It seems no one knows this better than the country outlaws, friendly folkies, and rabble-rousing rappers who get caught coming through with their respective stash du jour. Fiona Apple is the most recent musician to feel the long arm of the law in that part of the country, but she's hardly alone. Here are 15 otherwise merry music-makers who've been arrested in Texas in recent times. CHRIS MARTINS
Incident: The singer-songwriter was busted by border cops in the notorious drug trap of Sierra Blanca (see entries on Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg) for possession of "a little tiny amount of pot and hash," according to Hudspeth County sheriff's office spokesman Rusty Flemming. Nevertheless, she spent the night in jail and was released on a $10,000 bond.
Outcome: Pending. Small amounts of weed will only cost you a misdemeanor, but holding any amount of hashish is enough to enter felony territory. Her Austin tour stop was cancelled, and a court date will almost certainly be scheduled.