Oct 9, 2006

X Marks Spot for Jimmy Buffett?

Memo to Parrotheads:
Cheeseburgers in paradise, no problem; drugs in France, well, that's another story...

Jimmy Buffett was briefly detained this week for allegedly having 100 tabs of Ecstasy in his luggage during a trip to the French Riviera.

Per French media reports, the "Margaritaville" mastermind's private jet landed at Toulon-Hyeres International Airport for the start of a vacation in the posh resort town of Saint-Tropez.

But instead of finding his lost shaker of salt, customs officials turned up what they claimed were illicit drugs. Airport officials were quoted in local reports saying the 59-year-old Buffett had more 100 tabs of Ecstasy with him.

He was not arrested, however. Instead, he paid about a $400 fine and was allowed to continue on his way.

Buffett's publicist did not immediately return a call seeking comment Friday. But in a brief interview with the New York Post, the rep disputed French newspaper accounts, saying customs officials had found only 20 pills and claimed it was medicine prescribed by a physician.

The spokeswoman did not disclose what the pills were nor did she elaborate on why the entertainer was forced to pay a fine.

The Grammy winner's latest disc, the country-flavored Take the Weather with You, hits stores next Tuesday.

E! Online - Josh Grossberg