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Redmond O'Neal charged with heroin, firearms possession

August 4, 2011 | 11:31 am

Redmond O'Neal

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

Prosecutors on Thursday charged the son of Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett with heroin possession and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Redmond was pulled over around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday for running a red light and arrested a short time later after a search of his car turned up heroin and marijuana, Santa Monica Police Sgt. Richard Lewis said. According to prosecutors, police subsequently discovered a firearm in his possession.

O'Neal has had a long battle with addiction and gone in and out of rehab and jail. His past drug-related charges have involved cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine. While he in jail he was allowed out to visit his mother when she was dying of cancer. In May he moved into to a sober-living facility.

O'Neal was arrested for the red light infraction, violating felony drug probation and possession of a controlled substance, police said.

For the record, 9:13 p.m., Aug. 4: An earlier version of this post said O'Neal was arrested Monday. He was arrested Tuesday.

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-- Richard Winton

Photo: Redmond O'Neal. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5

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