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Police: Drugs found on singer Bret Michaels' tour buses on I-69

Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 3:48 pm

Tour buses carrying hardened rocker and pop icon Bret Michaels were pulled over on Interstate 69 in DeKalb County just before midnight Wednesday, where police K9s turned up stashes of marijuana and other unspecific drugs onboard.

A DeKalb County Sheriff's deputy pulled over the two northbound buses just after 11:30 p.m. near Mile Marker 137, just south of Ashley, for what Chief Deputy Jay Oberholtzer said was a lighting violation of some sort on one of the buses.

After taking the driver's licenses and registrations of both drivers, Deputy Aaron Long and Auburn Police Cpl. Joe McGrade conducted a K9 search of the first bus, resulting in a positive alert, according to Long.

Steuben County Sheriff's Deputy Adam Miller walked his K9 through the second bus – which held Michaels – and received a positive alert on that one, as well, Long said.

Officers then searched both buses and found marijuana on each, as well as unidentified controlled substances. It was unclear how much of the drugs were found on the buses, Oberholtzer said.

Police made no arrests as a result of the stop, and the buses continued northbound on I-69, Oberholtzer said, but charges have been forwarded to the DeKalb County Prosecutor's Office.

Michaels, the former frontman of rock band Poison, is on his nationwide "Roses & Thorns" tour. The band was en route to a show today in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., from a Tuesday show in Dallas.