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Popper Popped for Small Arsenal

3/8/2007 1:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Blues Traveler frontman John Popper was arrested in Spokane, Wash. yesterday for speeding (111 mph, no big deal) and marijuana possession (not exciting). But during the search, officers found multiple hidden compartments in Popper's vehicle -- which held a total of 14 weapons, including four rifles (one of which was a 50 caliber), nine handguns and a switchblade knife! Now we're talking!
John Popper's trunk with lots of guns
According to the Washington State Patrol (WSP), Popper told troopers that he had installed these items in his vehicle because (in the event of a natural disaster) he didn't want to be left behind. Someone has been watching too much "Jericho."

Popper was arrested along with a friend, Brian Gourgeois, who was driving Popper's car at the time. They will both be charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The WSP also says that DEA agents seized Popper's vehicle, and he could face federal charges of possessing a vehicle with hidden compartments. Let's hope his harmonica playing goes over well in the big house.

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J    

He is fucking crazy! I'd say he's on a downward spiral! By the way, we haven't heard about him in fucking years! I guess he's been stashing away heavy artillery all these years, for what a "natural disaster"! Fucking weirdo! SEEK HELP!

2596 days ago
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He's Boring now    

If thats a .50 caliber that happens to be fully automatic, thats a 10 year federal prison term.

Nice to see the man wants to be prepared for a natural disaster but not sure he has to drive with his "stash'" everywhere and everytime he is out doing a fast personal drive.

Why that many weapons? wheres the food, water and medical supplies needed or is he expecting only a wild shoot out during the next disaster ala Katrina? Not sure he'd be in that "hood" anyway.

2596 days ago
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somebody's mama    

One Hell of a harp player! After what happened in New Orleans after Katrina, I don't blame him. Weed also makes you paranoid (so I've heard).

2596 days ago
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somebody's mama    

I don't know, but I don't think he was thinking all that clear. (This isn't the first time he's been busted for MJ.)

2596 days ago
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sophia    

# 2, somebody's mama, don't you mean harmonica?????

2596 days ago
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sternbo    

Good luck entertaining your new pals in the big house !!!! fn jackass

2596 days ago
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newsjunkie    




ITS OK EVERYONE.....................................HE'S GOT TO BE CIA....

LOL

WHAT WAS HE THINKING???/

2596 days ago
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igglefan    

dammmm, that's some aresenal! I hope I'm around him during a natural disaster lol!

2596 days ago
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What the hell happened to Eddie!    

Re: 3. If thats a .50 caliber that happens to be fully automatic, thats a 10 year federal prison term.

Nice to see the man wants to be prepared for a natural disaster but not sure he has to drive with his "stash'" everywhere and everytime he is out doing a fast personal drive.

Why that many weapons? wheres the food, water and medical supplies needed or is he expecting only a wild shoot out during the next disaster ala Katrina? Not sure he'd be in that "hood" anyway.

Posted at 12:28PM on Mar 8th 2007 by Packing Heat

Who needs food, water and medical supplies when you can jack anyone you want for theirs ?

2596 days ago
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Aim    

I hope he isn't a member of the NRA. He'll make them look bad. I beleive in the right to bare arms but I think he went a little overboard.

2596 days ago
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Buster    

This is BS about the weapons. For the drugs he needs to face the man.
I did not know it was illegal to have hidden compartments in your car. Also, as far as the weapons goes, there may be some state laws involved here, not federal. Hell, I know a guys who has some serious automatic weapons here in AZ. But it is legit here.

2596 days ago
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Bovader    

Pretty Me - A harp is a harmonica.

John's always been a weapons freak. Heck, he keeps his various harps in an ammo vest during shows most times. If memory serves he was busted in NJ in his Jeep some years back in his Jeep and he had knives or ninja swords or throwing stars or something like that.

No questioning his talent, however. An amazing musician. Stellar concerts.

2596 days ago
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lala    

why is it that every CRAZY comes from the northwest, or goes to the northwest and becomes crazy??

2596 days ago
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vera    

They left a huge part of the story out...John was traveling from Austin where they were working on an album home to Washington state, I'm sure he didn't want to leave his weapons at home unattended while he was away. He has flashing lights, a public address system and sirens on his car...that's why he's quoted as saying he doesn't want to be left behind, really its just for amusement. He has permits for EVERY weapon he has, that is why he was released. He has collected weapons of all kinds for years.

2596 days ago
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tba    

He's a little paranoid because of the transmissions he's been receiving from the Galatic
Federation of Eastern Milky Way planetoids on their upcoming invasion. Better to be ready than sorry....Thanks Pop, for being there

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