Ryan O'Neal and son charged

Ryan O'Neal and his 23-year-old son Redmond were charged yesterday (15.10.08) with felony possession of methamphetamine, known as crystal meth

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Ryan O'Neal and son charged

Ryan O'Neal and his son Redmond have been charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, known as crystal meth.

The 67-year-old actor and his 23-year-old son were arrested in September after police found drugs in Ryan's house in Malibu, California, during a search related to Redmond's probation order.

Speaking about the charges imposed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, Ryan's attorney Mark Werksman said yesterday (15.10.08): "Ryan found it extremely frustrating and upsetting to be charged. He's not a drug user and he doesn't want to be thought of as a drug user."

As well as the felony counts, Redmond - the son of Ryan and Farrah Fawcett - was also charged with two misdemeanour counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one misdemeanour count of illegal possession of pepper spray.

Last week, Redmond - who has previously entered rehab to seek treatment for his drug addictions - admitted he had relapsed and was ordered to undergo a two-week programme.

Werksman added: "Dealing with Redmond's problem over the years has been difficult for Ryan and his family, and this is another tough load for him to absorb."

Both Ryan and Redmond are scheduled to appear in court on November 13 for their arraignment.

If Ryan is found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

However, prosecution spokesperson Sandi Gibbons said courts usually offer first-time offenders the chance to seek treatment for their drug problem rather than sending them to prison.

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