Charges Against Screaming Trees Singer Dropped
Charges of drug possession were dropped on Wednesday (April 2) against
Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan.
The singer was busted last Thursday
(March 27) in the seedy Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco when police
spotted what appeared to be a drug transaction taking place in an alley near
the Phoenix Hotel, where the band was staying while in town to play two shows
Lanegan was booked on charges of felony possession of a
controlled substance and two misdemeanor charges of possession of controlled
substance paraphernalia. All charges were dropped, according to John Shanley,
spokesperson for the San Francisco District Attorney's office, because the
amounts involved were "below the threshold for prosecution.
that Lanegan was arrested for "possession of a controlled substance that
appeared to be crack cocaine, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia
that appeared to be a crack pipe and possession of a hypodermic needle."
The amount of drugs found both in Lanegan's possession and in the pipe
were not enough for prosecution and, due to the city's participation in a
needle-exchange program, aimed at lessening the spread of HIV among intravenous
drug users, the D.A.'s office normally doesn't charge people with possession of
The arrest came the morning after the first of two San Francisco
shows at the tail end of a two-week West Coast tour that began with three dates
in Seattle. Lanegan, who spent time in a rehabilitation facility last year, was
released on bail; he performed at both shows.