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Former teen idol Leif Garrett jailed for drug use

Written by: Staff

LOS ANGELES, Apr 7 (Reuters) Former teen idol Leif Garrett, arrested earlier this year for possession of heroin, has been sent back to jail for 45 days after failing drug tests.

Garrett, who had hits with ''I Was Made for Dancing'' and a remake of ''Surfin' USA'' in the 1970s, was jailed again last week after a judge was notified of the positive drug tests, Los Angeles County District Attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison said yesterday.

Robison said she did not know which substances Garrett, 44, tested positive for using. He was ordered back to court on May 11 for a progress report.

Garrett, whose good looks and floppy hair made teenage girls swoon in the 1970s, was arrested in January at a Los Angeles subway station for fare dodging and was found to be carrying heroin, Robison said.

He was allowed to enter a court-supervised drug treatment programme to avoid prison and vowed to stay clean, saying that he was embarrassed by his bedraggled appearance in a widely published booking photo.

Reuters PG VP0515

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