Former Teenage Heartthrob Pleads Not Guilty To Drug Charges

There was a time when Leif Garrett was on the cover of every teen-oriented magazine while his songs enjoyed heavy rotation status on Top 40 radio.

But these days the former teen star is spending his time in a courtroom instead of in a recording studio. But then, the ‘70s were soooo last century.

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Garrett was arrested earlier this month for heroin possession while he was in a Los Angeles subway station. It wasn’t the first time he was popped for drugs, nor was it the first time he was busted while navigating the L.A. subway system. The Los Angeles Times points out he was arrested for riding the subway without a ticket and for heroin possession in 2006, for which he received a 90 day sentence.

In today’s arraignment hearing, defense lawyer Andrew Flier claimed authorities illegally searched Garrett before they arrested him. Flier also disputed the arresting officers’ claims that it was Garrett’s nervousness and profuse sweating that led to the search and subsequent arrest.

Some of Garrett’s biggest hits during the 1970s were cover versions of The Beach Boy’s “Surfin’ USA” and Dion’s “Runaround Sue” and “The Wanderer.” He also appeared in the spouse-swapping epic “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” in 1969, 1973’s “Walking Tall” and 1978’s “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” which starred Peter Frampton.

Click here to read the complete Los Angeles Times account.