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Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett's son faces more legal trouble

The troubled son of actors Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett – already behind bars for allegedly trying to sneak drugs into a jail – is now facing three years in state prison for violating the terms of a drug diversion program in another case.

An official from a residential treatment facility where Redmond O’Neal was living told a Superior Court judge this morning that O'Neal tested positive for methamphetamine use, and another test detected the presence of heroin in his room at the facility.

O’Neal, 24, was on probation for a January 2008 drug case, one of three drug-related arrests in the past year. Judge Nancy Newman revoked his eligibility for bail and set next Friday for his sentencing on two felony counts.

He is also to be arraigned April 24 for possession of an illegal substance in a jail facility. Prosecutors in that case allege O’Neal was carrying heroin during a visit to the Pitchess Detention Center last week. His attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

--Harriet Ryan

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When will we treat ETOH and drug abuse as health issues.
Addictions are just that an addiction to a substance. Many people take years to overcome addiction with tremendous support. The pushers target the rich and celebrity children for they have access to monies. The people law enforcement should focus their time and resources on are the large suppliers! I am sure they are the very rich and politically connected among us. We have to stop and review spending fortunes in law enforcement time and court money to place users in jail when they should be in rehab over and over again which is what is required many times with addictive substances!
I am in my 50s and have seen that the current law enforcement and legal involvement does not work and the large organized people behind it just keep the supplies coming.
We need a medical role model for the addicted and strong sentences for the large pushers and suppliers.
After working many years with adolescents and adults with addictions I know that it is a life process of healing and coping skills to say NO and STAY AWAY from the people that try to intoduce drugs into their lives and keep the money flowing by
Best of luck, health, and happiness to his beautiful and talented mom. I am sure this family is experiencing trauma now. That is frequently when drug and alcohol problems reappear due to lack of coping skills and these take the problems away....like many prescribed medications in psyc facilities only many addicted individuals try to relieve problems themselves. Not the best thing to do...

a judge gave me a three year suspended sentence 8 years ago contingent on me staying sober. I have 8 years sober and did whatever I had to do to not go back. I never had to go to jail. addiction is a baffling disease, but recovery is there when one is ready. I was ready when I got a clear look of what I had become and was desperate as the dying could be to change. I've never looked back and walk a free man. I knew the judge was serious, and I knew I would go to jail if I used again. And I would have deserved to go to jail.

Hard time for drug abuse, big bucks for rehab treatment that rarely works; interesting cycle the powers to be have created.

i say have them all od


I agree with Deborah Z. How many drug dealers are arrested compared to drug users? Which one is more dangerous for the police to go after? Is this one reason why we have so many drug users in jail compared to so few dealers? No guts. I watched my two daughters grow up here and go thrrough the DARE program in school.....what a joke that turned out to be. Safer to be in the class rooms telling kids not to use drugs that out on the streets going after the dealers. Can you say MEXICO? Fear and corruption rule and our kids and families suffer the consequences. My one daughter died from heroin from Mexico that was probably also loaded with illegally made pain killers 5 years ago. My other daughter just got out of jail for using and must register with the local police chief as a 'registered drug offender'. So do any drug dealers register with the police? This crap has been pouring in from Mexico and is uncontrolled by this country. Wake up everybody. Your family is next....count on it.

amazing article... Farrah has many challenges. May peace be with her.. Mark Tahiliani (jm)

We try and try to help our children when they encounter these problems. Yet our children keep on doing the same things again and again and again. At what point do we give up. At least when they go to jail, we know where they are and we know they won't be doing any drugs.

This guy sounds like a dork but anyway heroin and marijuana should be legal. Don't laugh, a group of 20,000 very serious policemen, prosecutors attorneys and citizens have formed a group to legalize ALL drugs, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (http://leap.cc ) They see what happened when we legalized alcohol in 1932 as a good example of how drug legalization would work. We can't stop drugs. They're sick of chasing drug users and sending innocent people to prison for decades just because they like to get high. This foolish war on drugs has lasted 37 years and cost us over a TRILLION dollars and we are not an inch closer to stopping drugs. How many millions of Americans are we going to lock up in prison for decades? Legalize ALL drugs now. Mark Montgomery [email protected]


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