Scott Weiland’s bassist, Tommy Black, who was arrest for a drug charge on the night that Weiland was found dead, is no longer facing narcotics charges. Black was found in possession of cocaine on the Wildabouts tour bus on December 3. The Bloomington police have decided not to press charges.
According to The Inquisitr, there was a lot of drugs aboard to Wildabouts tour bus, and Scott Weiland was taking many of them, including cocaine and MDMA. Scott Weiland was found to have overdosed, as he was back to using drugs and mixing them with drink. Many of the drugs in question were found within arm’s reach of Weiland’s body, and cocaine was found on bassist Tommy Black. Scott Weiland’s wife, Jamie Weiland, said that drugs could not have been involved in her husband’s death, as he had been clean for some time, but obviously, he was back to using.
Rolling Stone is reporting that the charges against Black have been dropped by the Bloomington police. After further investigation, the police say that they could not say with certainty that the drugs belonged to Black.
“[The narcotics] were found in a bunk and obviously with several people residing on a bus a number of people could have potentially possessed those narcotics, so at the end of the day we decided not to pursue charges against him,” Bloomington police chief Mike Hartley told People after “weighing what it would take to probe the narcotics charges against” Black.
Black was released from jail the day after he was arrested. He stated on his Facebook page soon after that the police were going to drop the charges.
The Boston Herald says that when Black was arrested, it was for possession of cocaine, which was found by his bunk, but the police say they had no reason to believe that Black played any role in Weiland’s death.
“Black, Weiland’s Wildabouts bandmate, was arrested and booked for a probable cause felony — possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. He’s being held at the the Bloomington Police Department awaiting charges.” The department stated that there was “no information at this time related to the cause of Weiland’s death.”
Loudwire is reporting that the Wildabouts have now suffered two losses in 2015. In March, guitarist Jeremy Brown also died of a drug overdose. Police Chief Mike Hartley says that after weighing the evidence, charging Tommy Black would be overstepping the investigation.
“[The narcotics] were found in a bunk and obviously with several people residing on a bus a number of people could have potentially possessed those narcotics, so at the end of the day we decided not to pursue charges against him,” says Hartley.
In addition to the drugs that Weiland ingested before his death, the police also found marijuana, pain killers, and Viagra.
Police are saying that Tommy Black was not the only suspect for the drug possession charges, as when they arrived, the bus was “swarming with people” in addition to the band.
Scott Weiland is survived by his wife and two children. He was formerly a member of Stone Temple Pilots and was on tour with the Wildabouts.
Do you think that the Minnesota police were correct to drop the charges against Wildabouts bassist Tommy Black, or do you think they should have charged the whole band?
[Photo courtesy of AP/Rich Fury]