Norway busts UK singer Amy Winehouse for marijuana

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OSLO, Oct 19 (Reuters) British singer Amy Winehouse was arrested for possession of a small quantity of marijuana and spent several hours in jail in the Norwegian town of Bergen, police said on Friday.

The 24-year-old's husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, and a third person were also arrested with Winehouse in their hotel room after the police received a ''credible tip'' from an unnamed source.

The group had in their possession a total of about seven grams of marijuana, and was brought in for questioning a night before her planned concert in Bergen, in west Norway.

Winehouse and Fielder-Civil were given a fine of about 500 euros (712.9 dollars) each.

''This was a minor quantity of a light drug, so the size of this fine is normal,'' prosecutor Lars Morten Lothe at Hordaland police district told Reuters.

The group were released from jail after accepting the fine.

''They have now been released, and the police are now finished with this case,'' Lothe said. He named the third person as Alexander Foden but gave no details on him.

Winehouse is a soul, jazz and rhythm and blues singer as well as a songwriter.

Reports of an eating disorder, drug and alcohol abuse have dominated tabloid headlines in Britain over the last year, although she is also recognised as one of the leading talents in the pop scene today.

Winehouse is scheduled to appear in concert in Oslo on Saturday, October 20.

Bergen Live, the organiser of the concert in Bergen, told Reuters that to their knowledge, the concert will proceed as planned.

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