Scott Weiland's Bassist Avoids Drug Charges For Cocaine On Tour Bus

By McCarton Ackerman 12/22/15

The bassist for The Wildabouts would have potentially faced jail time if convicted. 

Scott Weiland

Scott Weiland’s bassist will not face any drug charges for narcotics uncovered on the tour bus where the former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman was found dead.

Tommy Black was arrested for possession of a controlled substance after police in Bloomington, MN, found cocaine in his part of the tour bus. He was released 24 hours later, but potentially faced jail time if convicted on the charges. However, Bloomington police chief Mike Hartley confirmed that his department would not be moving forward with the case.

“[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,” explained Hartley to People magazine. “So at the end of the day, we decided not to pursue those charges against him.”

Weiland, 48, passed away on Dec. 3 after going into cardiac arrest on the bus. The Hennepin County Medical examiner confirmed last week that the cause of death was an accidental overdose due to a toxic mix of ethanol, ecstasy and cocaine in his system. The examiner also confirmed that decades of substance abuse also played a role in Weiland’s death, in addition to ongoing issues with cardiovascular disease and asthma.

The news was particularly heartbreaking because Weiland had insisted as recently as earlier this year that he was still sober. He told Blabbermouth in April that he hadn’t done any intravenous drugs in 13 years and that “overcoming my addiction to heroin was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. And I’m damn proud of the fact that the time in my life when drugs were stronger than my commitment to my health is so far behind me, and always will be.”

Weiland was married to photographer Jamie Wachtel at the time of his death. He is survived by his former wife, Mary, and their two children, Lucy and Noah.

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