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

April 10, 2009 | 12:45 pm

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