Police stop and arrest the singer, who pleaded guilty to marijuana possession last year

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated August 30, 2005 11:00 AM
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Art Garfunkel, who last year pleaded guilty to pot possession in upstate New York, was hit with the same charge on Sunday after state police allegedly found a marijuana cigarette in the singer’s car ashtray after he was pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign, The Daily Freeman newspaper reports.

Garfunkel, 63, a Manhattan resident, was charged after a state a trooper reportedly detected a strong, distinctive scent and then searched the singer’s vehicle, said the paper. He was issued a ticket and is due back in Woodstock Town Court on Sept. 22.

In January of last year, Garfunkel was charged with marijuana possession after police pulled over his limo for speeding in upstate New York. That time, the marijuana was found in his jacket pocket, police said.

In February 2004 he pleaded guilty and paid $200 in fines.

In late 2003 Garfunkel reunited with singing and writing partner Paul Simon for a U.S. concert tour (their first in 20 years). The duo, famous for such songs as “The Sounds of Silence,” “Mrs. Robinson” and “Old Friends,” have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.