This is from NOLA.com‘s review of Soundgarden’s performance at the Voodoo Festival in New Orleans:
In his chattiest moment, Cornell explained why the “Louisiana DEA” was thanked in the credits of a Soundgarden album. In the early days of the band, the musicians were pulled over outside Lake Charles. A search of their van turned up a small amount of marijuana that belonged to a sound tech.
As a result, the officers confiscated the band’s money, i.e. the ticket and merchandise receipts for the tour thus far. “If you can die from stupidity, they died from that a long time ago,” Cornell stated of the investigating officers. A raging show that night at Tipitina’s, he continued, helped atone for the loss.