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Singer Scott Weiland was arrested in Burbank, California, early yesterday on drug charges. Officers allegedly found drugs in his car after they stopped him for driving without lights on.
The singer, who has recently been recording with former Guns n' Roses members Slash, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan in a new band called Reloaded, was booked for investigation of drug possession and released a few hours later on $10,000 bail.
Weiland has been arrested on drug charges twice before in California, in 1995 and 1997. He was also busted in New York in 1998, and the next year served prison time in Los Angeles after a heroin overdose that a judge found violated his probation. After his release, Weiland tried to go clean, but was arrested in Las Vegas in 2001 after an argument with his wife Mary over a prescription turned into a domestic violence charge. The Weilands filed for divorce last September.
LOS ANGELES - Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland was free on bail Monday after being arrested over the weekend in Burbank, California, on suspicion of possessing illegal drugs, police said.
Police discovered the drugs during a routine traffic stop on a car that Weiland was riding in shortly before midnight Saturday, Burbank Police Lt. John Bilibert said.
The vehicle's driver, 25-year-old Jennifer Sires, was also arrested on suspicion of narcotics possession, Bilibert said.
"Officers made a traffic stop in a closed business district ... they searched the car because they saw a syringe and found narcotics," Bilibert said.
No further information was available on what type of drugs were found in the vehicle, and tests on the substance will not be available for about a week, he said.
Weiland was stopped not far from several recording studios, Bilibert said. Stone Temple Pilots has been on hiatus since cutting its 2001 album, "Shangri-La Dee Da," and its members were reportedly pursuing individual projects.
Weiland's agent at William Morris and his business manager declined to comment on his arrest or on the band's status.
The singer posted $10,000 bail and was released early Sunday. He is due in court on June 2.
The California native has been battling a heroin addiction since at least 1995 when he was arrested for cocaine and heroin possession.
His drug problems forced his Grammy-winning rock band into hiatus in 1999 when he was jailed for repeatedly violating his probation and failing to complete drug rehabilitation. He emerged saying, "I know I never want to go through it again."
But he was arrested again in 2001 on suspicion of battering his wife -- a charge that was dropped after Weiland agreed to attend counseling. The couple, who have two children, are in the process of divorcing.
Rocker Charged with Cocaine, Heroin Possession
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rocker Scott Weiland, the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots, has been charged with cocaine and heroin possession in Los Angeles, two years after completing a jail term for violating his probation on the same charges, prosecutors said on Tuesday.
Weiland, 35, and Jennifer Lynn Sires, 29, were stopped by Burbank police shortly before midnight on Saturday after officers saw them driving without lights in a shuttered retail district.
They were arrested after police noticed a syringe in the car, and a search of the vehicle yielded cocaine and heroin, a police spokesman said.
Weiland was released from jail on Sunday after posting $25,000 bail. He was scheduled to be arraigned on June 2.
Sires, who faces a heroin possession charge, was scheduled to be arraigned later on Tuesday.
Stone Temple Pilots has been on hiatus since cutting its 2001 album, ``Shangri-La Dee Da,'' and its members were reportedly pursuing individual projects.
Weiland's drug problems date back to the mid-1990s, when he was arrested for heroin and cocaine possession. The band was forced into hiatus in 1999 when Weiland was jailed for violating his probation and failing to complete drug rehabilitation.