'Lucille' Songwriter Arrested

Guitar with marijuana leaves (CBS/AP)
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A country music hit songwriter and his wife have been charged with growing marijuana inside their home and possessing hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Police say 71-year-old Hal Bynum – who wrote numerous hits including the Kenny Rogers song "Lucille" - and Jan Bynum, 48, turned themselves in Wednesday and were released after posting bail.

Acting on a tip, police said they began searching couple's Nashville, Tenn., home Tuesday night and found 256 pot plants, 7.5 pounds of harvested marijuana, 14 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms, growing lamps and other drug paraphernalia including scales, rolling papers, and tanks of CO-2.

CBS News Affiliate WTVF-TV reports Jan Bynum is a member of the Blue Scarf Society, a group which is opposed to what it calls the political ideology of Islam, arguing that it is hostile to Western civilization.

WTVF-TV quotes the Bynums as saying that they were selling drugs to raise money for an awareness campaign against terrorist organizations.

"I was hoping to provide help and funding to the anti-Jihad and pro-Western civilization cause," Jan Bynum is quoted as saying. "People are in denial about the threat we are facing."

Authorities believe the couple has been growing marijuana for the past few years and were making several thousand dollars a month by selling it.

A 1998 Cadillac Deville and $5,000 in cash were seized from the home.

Some of Bynum's best-known songs include "There Ain't No Good Chain Gang," for Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, "Papa Was a Good Man," sung by Johnny Cash, "Chains," sung by Patty Loveless, "Nobody's Fool," sung by Jim Reeves, and "The Old, Old House," recorded by many artists including George Jones.

He's also recorded a few albums of his own and published a book, "The Promise," about the music business and his own life.

The Bynums are scheduled to appear back in court later this month.