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  posted on 1/4/2007 at 03:54 PM
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Ernest "Trey" Anastasio, the lead singer of the rock-jam band Phish, was in court in Whitehall Wednesday for his arraignment on misdemeanor drug charges. The 42-year-old musician was smiling as he left court with his wife and children by his side.

But NewsChannel 13 has learned Anastasio had heroin in his car and it appears the district attorney is ready to up the charges against the former Phish front man to a felony.

Anastasio was arrested last month on Route 4 in Whitehall after a patrolman saw him swerve over the double yellow line.

According to court records, the arresting officer said “Anastasio was hyper and his hands were shaking very badly."

Anastasio told police he'd been smoking hashish and taking pills before his arrest.

According to court documents, "Anastasio admitted...he was in an argument with his wife earlier in the day...because he was taking the pills and he had a problem."

Police searched his car and found more than a half-ounce of prescription pain killers—that's enough for a felony charge—and some anxiety medicine.

In addition, there was one item that police couldn’t identify. NewsChannel 13 has learned from law enforcement sources that Anastasio also had a quantity of heroin in the car.

Washington County's district attorney wouldn't comment on the specifics of the case, but said he plans to present it to a grand jury.

Anastasio remains free on his own recognizance. After leaving Whitehall Court with his family, they hurried into a chauffeur-driven van and drove off.

The district attorney says it is likely Anastasio will be ordered to take part in a drug re-habilitation program to avoid going to jail.

 

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  posted on 1/4/2007 at 04:08 PM
Bad news for Trey and the Phish community!

 

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  posted on 1/4/2007 at 04:08 PM
Felony charges = NOT GOOD

Good luck Trey.

 

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  posted on 1/4/2007 at 04:10 PM
yeah the brown sugar, no matter if it is minimal, still could go away for a while. Never know first offense besides the mary-jane.

 

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  posted on 1/4/2007 at 04:14 PM
Hope he get's help, he is a hazard to anyone on the road until he does. He looks bad in them pics, sad thing, good wishes for him.

 

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  posted on 1/4/2007 at 04:14 PM
blessings to Trey.......I hope that he finds the help he needs as a result of this BIG FAT WARNING SIGN that his life may be becoming unmanageable.

 

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  posted on 1/4/2007 at 04:59 PM
So-o-o-o, I guess this wasn't a P.R. prank to generate buzz for some BIG announcement, as Trey's phans were hoping.

 

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  posted on 1/4/2007 at 05:01 PM
When will people learn that heroin kills?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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  posted on 1/4/2007 at 05:08 PM
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So-o-o-o, I guess this wasn't a P.R. prank to generate buzz for some BIG announcement, as Trey's phans were hoping.




lol... btw did anyone find an explanation for the wrong birthdate on the police report hes holding??

 

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  posted on 1/4/2007 at 07:21 PM
He was so effed up, he forgot his own birthday

No big deal, it happens all the time


 

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  posted on 1/4/2007 at 07:27 PM
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lol... btw did anyone find an explanation for the wrong birthdate on the police report hes holding??
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He was so effed up, he forgot his own birthday

No big deal, it happens all the time

Touche, Slammer! LOL

 

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  posted on 1/4/2007 at 10:21 PM
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they hurried into a chauffeur-driven van


It's a little late for that Trey

 

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  posted on 1/5/2007 at 08:19 AM
Trey the family man, eh?? Hope he doesn't forget to pick up that white powder off the
coffee table............

 

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  posted on 1/5/2007 at 08:49 AM
I'm not one to pass judgement on people for their habits or weaknesses(god knows everybody has issues in their life),but....
Get your **** together,Trey.....if you can't do it for yourself,then do it for your kids.

 

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  posted on 1/5/2007 at 08:51 AM
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I'm not one to pass judgement on people for their habits or weaknesses(god knows everybody has issues in their life),but....
Get your **** together,Trey.....if you can't do it for yourself,then do it for your kids.
DITTO, do it for the kids. At least leave the chemicals behind. A little beer and weed never hurt anyone (who could handle it.)

 

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  posted on 2/15/2007 at 12:56 PM
Anastasio Indicted on Seven Counts

According to The Burlington Free Press, Trey Anastasio has been indicted on seven counts: three felonies, three misdemeanors and a traffic violation. The report states that the three felony charges arise from illegal possession of prescription painkillers and driving while impaired. The Washington County grand jury also filed misdemeanor counts accusing Anastasio of possession of heroin and an anti-anxiety medication that had been prescribed to someone else.

Anastasio's indictment was signed Friday and the former Phish guitarist can be arraigned as early as tomorrow. If convicted, he faces up to 14 years in prison. As previously reported, Anastasio was arrested December 15 while driving in Whitehall, NY. Later that day he released the following statement to Jambands.com: "I feel terrible about what happened last night, and I am deeply sorry for any embarrassment I have caused my friends, family and fans."

 

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  posted on 2/15/2007 at 02:12 PM
From some article I found on the philzone without citation:

Phish's Anastasio indicted on 3 felony counts

By Adam Silverman
Free Press Staff Writer

February 14, 2007
An upstate New York grand jury has indicted Trey Anastasio, the iconic lead singer of former Vermont-based jam band Phish, on seven counts arising from a December traffic stop in Whitehall, including three felony charges of illegally possessing prescription painkillers and driving while impaired.

The Washington County grand jury also filed misdemeanor counts accusing Anastasio of possessing heroin and an anti-anxiety medication that had been prescribed to someone else.

The indictment, signed Friday and made public Tuesday at the request of The Burlington Free Press, charges Anastasio with one count of felony drug possession, two counts of felony driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, three misdemeanor charges of drug possession, and a traffic infraction.

Anastasio, 42, a part-time Richmond resident, faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted and sentenced to the maximum on all counts. All the charges, though, carry minimum sentences that involve no incarceration and permit a range of several years on the upper end.

No court date had been set, but Anastasio could be arraigned as early as Friday, the office of District Attorney Kevin Kortright said Tuesday. The prosecutor did not return messages Monday and Tuesday seeking comment.

Anastasio's file at Washington County Court in Fort Edward, N.Y., did not list a defense lawyer, a court clerk said. The musician could not be reached for comment Tuesday night at his Richmond home.

A Whitehall police officer pulled over Anastasio's 2004 Audi for failing to keep right as he drove north on U.S. 4 at about 3:30 a.m. Dec. 15, the department has said. He failed a sobriety test, was taken into custody and posed for a memorable booking photo that Rolling Stone magazine dubbed the "most bemused mug shot ever."

Police said Anastasio had three bottles of prescription drugs that belonged to other people.

Anastasio issued a one-line statement apologizing for the incident.

"I feel terrible about what happened last night, and I am deeply sorry for any embarrassment I have caused my friends, family and fans," he said.

During a hearing Jan. 3 in Whitehall, Anastasio pleaded not guilty to charges that included possession of a controlled substance and driving while intoxicated. Afterward, Kortright said he was considering presenting the case to a grand jury because of the quantity of drugs involved.

The grand jury's indictment says Anastasio possessed two prescription painkillers, hydrocodone and oxycodone; alprazolam, an anti-anxiety drug sold under the brand name Xanax; and heroin. The amount of hydrocodone, more than half an ounce, elevated the charge to a felony; the other drugs prompted misdemeanor charges, according to the three-page indictment.

Grand jurors also charged Anastasio with felony driving while ability impaired by drugs, and felony driving while intoxicated.

The arrest came more than two years after the breakup of Phish, which formed at the University of Vermont during the early 1980s. The band known early on for shows at Nectar's grew into a touring juggernaut that packed tens of thousands of fans into sold-out, festival-like performances.

The four-member group split up in 2004 and held a final, blowout, rain-soaked gig that August in Coventry.

In interviews since then, Anastasio has said the band's last few years included lots of drugs, but he said later he had stopped using narcotics and wanted to preach the values of sobriety.

Anastasio told Rolling Stone last week, according to a report on the magazine's Web site, that he has gone through rehab and had thanked the officer who arrested him in Whitehall because the incident forced him to face his addiction.

 

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In interviews since then, Anastasio has said the band's last few years included lots of drugs, but he said later he had stopped using narcotics and wanted to preach the values of sobriety.



I saw him on Charlie Rose talking this talk. He looked strung out to me then.

 

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The Washington County grand jury also filed misdemeanor counts accusing Anastasio of possessing heroin and an anti-anxiety medication that had been prescribed to someone else.


Ain't that a bitch.I've never heard of "misdermeanor heroin possesion" befor.This goes to shows once again that being rich and famous does have it's advantages in this country.Back in the 80's I got a class A felony convection and did almost 3 years for possession of cocain.But then again I'm not a famous rock star either.

 

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  posted on 2/15/2007 at 04:43 PM
I hate it for anyone. Its tough to rid yourself of the hard stuff. Hopefully this will help him instead of hurt him.

 

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