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David Crosby, 62, was arrested early Saturday morning at the DoubleTree Guest Suites hotel in Times Square just hours after playing a concert with his band CPR at a college in Wayne, New Jersey.

The musician had accidentally left a piece of luggage at the hotel. After searching the green-canvas bag for identification, a maid reportedly came across a one-ounce baggie of marijuana in a wooden box, a .45-caliber handgun, ammunition and two knives. The employee informed hotel management who then called the authorities.

When Crosby eventually returned to retrieve the lost luggage, he was met by police, who took him into custody.

The rotund rocker was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a weapon--the latter, a third-degree felony that could potentially net him up to seven years in prison if convicted, according to Manhattan District Attorney spokeswoman Barbara Thompson.

The twice-enshrined Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, as a member of the Byrds and of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, also faces one count of illegal possession of ammunition--approximately three magazines totaling 26 rounds--and one count of illegal possession of a hunting knife. He was released after posting $3,500 bail.

Neither Crosby's attorney, David Parker, nor representatives for the DoubleTree were available for comment on the arrest.

The shaggy-haired, mustachioed musician arrived in New York for a Thursday night gig at B.B. King's Blues Club with CPR bandmates Jeff Pevar and James Raymond.

According to media reports, Crosby earned a standing ovation at the New Jersey gig. For Crosby, Saturday's run-in with the law seems like a mild case of dj vu.

In 1985, he served a year in a Texas jail after being found guilty for a drug-related arrest in Dallas. The conviction was later overturned on appeal and he was released.

Crosby reunited with CSNY in 1999 and the group released Looking Forward, its first album of new material in over 10 years, and launched a well received reunion tour.

The singer, known for his soaring tenor harmonies on such '60s anthems as "Carry On" and "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," is perhaps even more famous today as the guy who fathered fellow rocker Melissa Etheridge's baby. Crosby provided the sperm that artificially inseminated Etheridge's then partner, Julie Cypher.

Crosby is due in court on the gun and drug charges on May 19.


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