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Leif Garrett Pleads No Contest In Heroin Case

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Former 1970s teen idol Leif Garrett pleaded no contest Friday to a felony count of possession of heroin.

Garrett, 48, is expected to enter a court-ordered drug rehab program. A future court date was not set.

Garrett was arrested Feb. 1 at a subway station at Pershing Square after consenting to a search by sheriff’s deputies.

He had previously been arrested at the Red Line station in Pershing Square in January 2006 for possession of heroin. He was sentenced in May 2006 to 90 days in county jail and three years probation in connection with two drug- related cases after opting out of a Drug Court program.

The criminal complaint, filed Feb. 5, also alleges that Garrett has a March 2001 conviction in a drug-related case. That case was dismissed after he showed that he had completed a drug program.

Garrett in the 1970s frequently appeared in the teen magazine Tiger Beat, and was the subject of a VH-1 “Behind The Music” special that traced his rise from child actor on such shows as “The FBI” and “Gunsmoke” to the decline of his musical career in the early 1980s.

In the 1990s, he appeared in such films as “Dominion” and “The Whispering.”

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