The former Stone Temple Pilots rock star was arrested July 26 in Beverly Hills after local police received a call from a Rite Aid reporting a shoplift.
Lt. Renato Moreno reported that police units searched the area and eventually picked up Weiland, who was taken into custody for burglary and felony possession of a controlled substance.
TMZ reports the substance was methamphetamine and that Weiland stole razor blades and other cosmetics from the store, though that offense seems a little overshadowed by his major drug charge. Weiland apparently even tried to pull the celebrity card, telling police, "I'm Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots."
Obviously, the cops weren't impressed. Weiland was booked and his bail was set at $20,000.
Weiland, who was the front man for both the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, but is no longer with either band, has a long rap sheet riddled with drug-related offenses. His first run-in with the law happened in 1995, when he was convicted of purchasing crack cocaine. For that charge, he scored a year of probation, which he promptly violated, resulting in a year-long prison sentence. Weiland ultimately ended up serving only five months — talk about a slap on the wrist.
In 2003, he wrecked a car while driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. A stint in rehab was all it took to get those charges dismissed, but in 2007, he was back in rehab after another DUI. Yikes.
In 2009, Weiland's ex-wife, Mary Forsberg Weiland, released her memoir, Fall to Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll, and Mental Illness. A recovering addict herself, she detailed her husband's struggles with drugs in the book.
What do you think? Back to rehab for Weiland, or is it time for a harsher sentence?
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