Actor Ray Sharkey, who said last year that he had recovered from years of drug abuse, has been charged with narcotics possession in Canada, where he had been guest-starring on an upcoming CBS series, officials said.
Following the arrest on Wednesday, Sharkey, 40, was removed from "The Hat Squad," and his part was recast, said Diane Passarelli, the show's publicist.
"Ray Sharkey was recast due to his unavailability," said Passarelli, who refused to elaborate further on Sharkey's dismissal.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police officials said Friday that the agency's drug squad was conducting routine cargo inspections at Vancouver International Airport when they examined a package addressed to Sharkey from Los Angeles.
Officials alleged that the package contained narcotics, but declined to say how much. Officers obtained a search warrant and arrested Sharkey at his residence, where they said they found a small amount of heroin and cocaine, said Inspector Paul Brown.