American Idol season 14 alum Joey Cook was arrested for possession of marijuana early Friday morning (Dec. 18), Billboard confirmed.
Cook was arrested at the airport in Rock Springs, Wyoming, according to TMZ.com. The 24-year old musician spent five hours in a holding cell and was released after paying a $240 fine. She will serve 12 months probation for the offense.
Transportation Security Administration officials made the discovery after checking the Virginia native’s luggage.
Cook is currently on tour with Postmodern Jukebox. The group has a show in Denver, Colorado this evening.
Following her release, Cook issued the following statement: “Firstly, I want to apologize for any inconvenience I’ve caused. I want to personally thank the city of Rock Springs, Wyoming, for their dedicated service and due diligence during this harrowing time. While I am not advocating my actions, as an epileptic, I’ve relied on natural remedies to manage my symptoms with great effectiveness. In the future, I will do my best to be more respectful of state laws. I want to personally thank all of my fans for their support, and thank and commend Postmodern Juxebox for standing with me during this ordeal. At this moment, I’m grateful to be safe and able to perform. See you at our PMJ show in Denver tonight and Aspen tomorrow.”
She later posted a video to her Instagram, thanking her friends for support while she’s dealing with this “crazy situation.” Watch it below.