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Redmond O'Neal headed back to jail after drug violation, authorities say

January 5, 2010 |  1:11 pm

REDMOND Redmond O'Neal, the son of the late Farrah Fawcett, is headed back to jail today after authorities said he violated the terms of his probation in connection with a series of drug offenses.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Tynan today sentenced O'Neal, the troubled son of actors Ryan O'Neal and Fawcett, to a 30-day, in-custody drug-treatment program. 

Prosecutors said the violation was because of "a drug-related offense."

According to L.A. County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore, O'Neal was on a 24-hour pass from a residential treatment center.  "When he came back, he told the program counselors that he had used drugs,"  Whitmore said.  "He tested positive" for unspecified drugs.

O'Neal was remanded into sheriff's custody on Dec. 29, Whitmore said. O'Neal is currently classified as a "keep-away" -- kept away from the general jail population -- at Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles. His next court date is Feb. 10.

O'Neal was jailed last year after he was found in possession of heroin during a routine security check by deputies at the parking lot of the Pitchess Detention Center.

On Sept. 18, a judge sentenced O'Neal to three years formal probation and a six-year suspended sentence stemming from that case. He had been attending a court-ordered drug program.

The reported probation violation is the latest setback for O'Neal, after Fawcett's death last year from cancer.

In September 2008, he and his father were charged with felony drug possession after the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, conducting a search at Ryan O'Neal's Malibu home, reportedly found methamphetamine in the actor's bedroom and on the younger O'Neal.

At the time, O'Neal was on probation after a guilty plea earlier in 2008 to felony drug possession and misdemeanor driving under the influence. The charges stemmed from his arrest while driving in
Malibu carrying heroin and methamphetamine. His plea allowed him to avoid jail time.

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Redmond O'Neal in a November 2008 appearance at a Malibu courthouse. Credit: Reed Saxon / Associated Press

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