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Ex-Pearl Jam Drummer Dave Abbruzzese Is a Wanted Man in Denton County

Former Pearl Jam member Dave Abbruzzese's mugshot popped up on Denton County's Crime Stoppers website this week, thanks to two outstanding warrants on drug-related charges.

Abbruzzese, a former drummer for the Seattle-bred grunge band, is wanted in connection with a Class A misdemeanor charge from last September for possession of a controlled substance for an amount under 28 grams. That crime carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

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The Crime Stoppers listing also says that Abbruzzese has a felony warrant from 2010 for the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance.

The story has already been picked up by Billboard and Rolling Stone. The misdemeanor warrant is listed in Denton County's court records online, but not the more serious charge. We've left a message with Denton County Crime Stoppers about the 2010 warrant, but haven't heard back.

Abbruzzese played drums for Pearl Jam from 1991-1994, back when they were one of the most popular bands in the world and critics considered them a legitimate threat to Nirvana's popularity. He joined the band, which had previously existed as a band called Green River, right before they released the seminal Ten. But while Pearl Jam were known as a part of the Seattle grunge scene, Abbruzzese is originally from Texas. He grew up in Mesquite, and played in a bunch of North Texas bands before joining Pearl Jam.

There's currently a $1,000 reward for information leading to Abbreuzzese's arrest. So if you wanna snitch, there's some money in it for you. Where do you find a 46-year old white musician in Denton? My first guess is Dan's Silver Leaf. He'd probably blend in well there, like a chameleon of some sort.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly said the the warrants were issued by Denton County police.


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H. Drew Blackburn