Chicago Cops Say Ex-Pumpkins Bassist Had Crack Cocaine

D'Arcy Wretzky arrested after leaving building where police say drugs were sold.

Former Smashing Pumpkins bassist D'Arcy Wretzky entered a building frequented by drug dealers and left with a third of a gram of crack cocaine two weeks ago, Chicago police said on Thursday (Feb. 10).

Wretzky, who was charged with possession of the drug, is scheduled to appear before Cook County, Ill., Criminal Court Judge John Fleming on Monday.

The crime is a felony, punishable by up to 30 months of probation or one to three years in jail, according to Jodee Fallon, a spokesperson for the Cook County state's attorney.

Wretzky could not be reached by press time for comment.

Plainclothes officers saw the 31-year-old musician enter a building on West Lake Street, where police had been informed narcotics were being sold, at about 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 25, according to Patrick Camden, a Chicago police spokesperson. Shortly afterward, she returned to a car occupied by two other people.

The car drove away with its headlights off and was stopped by police after alleged traffic violations, including two illegal U-turns, Camden said. The drugs were allegedly found in the pocket of the driver, identified as Tony Young (a.k.a. Tony Washington).

"Wretzky had given three plastic baggies containing crack cocaine to the driver of the car," Camden said. "He said that he was holding them for her — she admitted they were hers."

Police also charged Young with possession of a controlled substance and cited him for the traffic violations.

The third person in the car was not charged.

Wretzky posted $10,000 bond on Jan. 26. It was unclear if she spent any time in jail after her arrest.

She does not have a record of any prior arrests in Cook County, according to Carolyn Barry, a criminal court clerk.

Wretzky formed the Pumpkins with bandleader Billy Corgan in 1989 and played on all of the Smashing Pumpkins' albums, including their forthcoming MACHINA/the machines of God (Feb. 29), featuring the single "The Everlasting Gaze" (RealAudio excerpt).

She left the group in September, reportedly to pursue acting. She'll play a hit woman in the upcoming Mickey Rourke movie "Peaces of Ronnie."

Ex-Hole member Melissa Auf Der Maur has replaced Wretzky as the Pumpkins' touring bassist.