Seventies teen idol Leif Garrett was charged this morning with possession of heroin after his arrest in the Pershing Square subway station over the weekend.
Original story before Garrett's arraignment:
Forget Rodeo Drive if you want to watch the current - and former stars - of Hollywood spend their money. Instead, come to the 'Nickel' - Fifth Street East of Hill Street. Luckily, though, with all new police cameras being installed - soon we will all watch them as they make their drug purchases just by turning on the Eleven o'clock News.
Leif Garrett Is Jailed on Drug Charge
The 1970s teen idol is arrested after allegedly having no train ticket in an L.A. subway station.
Richard Winton Times Staff Writer January 18, 2006
Seventies teen idol Leif Garrett was being held in Men's Central Jail on Tuesday after being arrested on suspicion of possessing narcotics and failing to have a ticket in the Pershing Square subway station over the weekend. Garrett, 44, was being held without bail because he was also detained on a bench warrant for allegedly violating the terms of his probation for a previous offense, Los Angeles County sheriff's and district attorney's officials said.
The musician-actor, who has a history of drug issues dating from the 1970s, pleaded guilty in March to attempted possession of cocaine-based narcotics and was placed on probation, said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles district attorney's office. At a Dec. 20 hearing in that case, a judge issued a bench warrant for Garrett's arrest for an unspecified reason, Gibbons said.
Garrett was detained about 6 p.m. Saturday on the platform of Pershing Square's Red Line station by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies assigned to the transit unit.According to deputies, Garrett was detained after he was found to be without a ticket to ride the rail system. A subsequent check turned up suspected narcotics and the warrant for his arrest, officials said...
..... Los Angeles police in 1999 arrested the bandanna-wearing musician in the MacArthur Park area after he allegedly tried to buy narcotics from undercover officers..... Pershing Square is just a few blocks west of where actor Brad Renfro was arrested last month in a drug sting by the LAPD. Renfro was charged with felony attempting to possess heroin.