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O'Neal pair face drug charges

October 16, 2008|Andrew Blankstein

Prosecutors charged actor Ryan O'Neal and his son Redmond on Wednesday with felony drug possession.

The O'Neals were arrested Sept. 17 after Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies conducting a probation search at the 67-year-old actor's Malibu home said they found methamphetamine on Redmond O'Neal, 23, and in his father's bedroom.

The search was related to a case involving Redmond O'Neal, who was on probation after his guilty plea in June to felony drug possession and misdemeanor driving under the influence.

Ryan O'Neal, who was nominated for an Oscar for the 1970 movie "Love Story," is charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine. The son faces the same felony count and two misdemeanor charges: possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of pepper spray.

Redmond, whose mother is actress Farrah Fawcett, was arrested last year on charges related to carrying heroin and crystal meth while driving under the influence in Malibu. He pleaded not guilty to drug possession and one misdemeanor DUI charge as part of a deal intended to help him avoid jail. He was sentenced to three years' probation and $1,688 in fines for the DUI charge.

In another case from 2005, Redmond O'Neal was placed on probation stemming from an arrest on suspicion of methamphetamine and cocaine possession.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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