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Former teen idol Leif Garrett arrested on charge of possession of heroin

February 3, 2010 | 12:30 pm

Former teen idol Leif Garrett was released from jail this morning after his arrest on a charge of possession of heroin, authorities said.

Garrett, a former '70s singing and acting star with a lengthy history of drug usage and arrests, was taken into custody about 11:20 a.m. Monday after Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies patrolling the Metro subway station at Pershing Square discovered he was carrying black tar heroin, said Steve Whitmore, a sheriff's spokesman.

Garrett was about to board a train, and "he was sweating and shaking profusely," Whitmore said.

Garrett, 48, told the deputies his condition was because he "gets nervous around law enforcement because of his prior experience," Whitmore said. He denied having any drugs and allowed the deputies to search him, he said.

Garrett then informed the deputies that he was hiding black tar heroin in his shoe, Whitmore said. 

He was released on bond from the county jail at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. He is due back in court on Feb. 24.

Leif Garrett In 2006, Garrett was arrested on the Red Line subway on a charge of possession of heroin. 

In 1999, Los Angeles police arrested the bandanna-wearing musician in the MacArthur Park area after he allegedly tried to buy narcotics from undercover officers.

In 1979, Garrett was behind the wheel of a Porsche and allegedly under the influence of beer and drugs when he rear-ended a car, leaving his passenger disabled.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: The booking shot of Leif Garrett from 2006. Credit: L.A. County Sheriff's Department