Teddy Gentry, co-founder of the band Alabama, arrested on drug charges

Police on Monday arrested Teddy Gentry, a founding member of the country music band Alabama, on misdemeanor marijuana charges, according to

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Gentry, 70, of Fort Payne, Alabama, was booked into the Cherokee County Jail Monday morning, where he was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was released on bond shortly after the arrest. According to, the arrest was made during a traffic stop.

Don Murry Grubbs, a spokesman for the band, told The Associated Press that he was aware of the incident but Gentry had no immediate comment.

Gentry and his cousins Randy Owen and Jeff Cook formed the band Alabama in 1969. It was originally called Wildcountry.

The band had numerous hits in the late 1970s and the 1980s, including “Mountain Music,” “Song of the South,” “Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)” and “Dixieland Delight.”