Former 70s teen hearthrob Leif Garrett pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a Los Angeles courtroom to drug charges relating to his arrest earlier this month.
The one-time actor/singer was arrested Monday, February 1st at the Metrolink station in downtown Los Angeles for possession of a controlled substance. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department later confirmed to RadarOnline.com that they found black tar heroin in his shoe.
Garrett, 48, appeared in court Wednesday wearing a dark suit and fedora hat; his lawyer was at his side.
The judge ordered him back in court on March 16th. At that time, the judge will decide whether there is enough evidence to order him to stand trial.
Outside the hearing, Garrett’s attorney Andrew Flier told RadarOnline.com that they will continue to fight the charge.
“He’s really upset about this arrest,” Flier said. “We are fighting this case completely. Mr. Garrett is adamant that he was not under the influence. He believes he was unfairly targeted when they recognized him. He’s upset about this arrest. Unlike the last case, his state of mind is totally different.
“If he was in possession, we believe it was an illegal search and that evidence will be thrown out.”
Garrett’s been busted on the Metro Red Line before. In 2006, the former idol was stopped for riding without a ticket, but authorities then found heroin and Quaaludes on him. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail.
He is perhaps best known for appearing in the 70s drama Family, and for a recording career that included a remake of Run Around Sue and I Was Made For Dancing.