Garfunkel Charged With Pot Possession

Vocalist Art Garfunkel was charged with possession of marijuana over the weekend after police pulled over his limousine for speeding in upstate New York. Garfunkel, 62, of Manhattan, was caught with a small amount of marijuana in his jacket pocket and was charged with possession, a violation, reported the Daily Freeman of Kingston, N.Y.

Police said Garfunkel was riding alone when a state trooper stopped the limo around 12:20 p.m. Saturday in Hurley, 55 miles southwest of Albany. The trooper smelled marijuana after approaching the vehicle.

State police Capt. Louis Barbaria Jr. said the trooper didn’t realize who he arrested until later, although Garfunkel told him he is a celebrity. Barbaria didn’t know why Garfunkel was in Ulster County.

Garfunkel is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 28 on the charge, or he could respond by mail or have a lawyer appear for him. He faces a $100 fine, unless he has had a conviction within the past three years; police did not say whether he has.

Garfunkel recently completed a hugely successful U.S. concert tour with longtime partner Paul Simon, their first in 20 years.


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