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15 Reality Stars Arrested for Drugs

15 Reality Stars Arrested for Drugs

Celebrities seem to always be in the news for misbehaving. Here are 15 reality stars arrested for drugs.

#1. Ronald Dunlap, Cheer Perfection

Dunlap is the co-owner of the gym featured in a reality show on the TLC channel. He was busted along with another one of the gym’s coaches last January for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia; and was subsequently suspended by co-owner – and wife – Alisha. Since then, the gym has established a new policy of drug testing its staff members and said they would welcome Ronald back once he tested negative for drugs.

#2. Salwa Amin, Buckwild

The 25-year-old was arrested in February of 2013 for Oxycodone and heroin. She received two felony drug possession charges. She later completed a court-ordered inpatient rehab and pleaded guilty that November to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Amin was sentenced one to five years in prison last January, with 192 days credited for time served.

#3. Mark Balelo, Storage Wars

The A&E reality star was arrested last February on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and, just two days later, tragically committed suicide. Balelo admitted to being convicted on drug charges in 2009, but said he was innocent. “Friends of mine were using a hotel room that was rented in my name. They were partying in there I didn’t do anything wrong,” he said. “I wasn’t even there. It’s not a big deal.”

#4. Florina Kaja, Bad Girls Club

“Flo” was a cast member on BDC’s Season 4. She was arrested after checking into a hospital with another woman’s ID and then using her hospital bracelet to fill a prescription under her that name. She was booked and later released on $10,000 bail. Then, last July, she was pulled in over NY for making an illegal U-turn and gave the officers a fake name. They found marijuana and what appeared to be cocaine in the car. Kaja was arrested for DWI and possession of a controlled substance. She also had an outstanding warrant for harassment.

#5. Devoin Austin, 16 and Pregnant

21-year-old Austin was one of the fathers on the third season of the trashy MTV reality show. He was arrested last April for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and two traffic charges.

#6. Adam Jasinski, Big Brother

Jasinski won the $500,000 cash prize for the ninth season of Big Brother in April 2008. In October 2010, he pleaded guilty to possession with attempt to distribute, in addition to not paying taxes on his cash prize. He was arrested a year later outside of Boston for attempting to sell 2,000 oxycodone pills, in addition to several other painkillers. According to a DEA agent, Jasinski admitted to using some of his winnings to buy painkillers and sell them up and down the east coast.

Since his arrest, he spent four months at an inpatient drug treatment center, then went to outpatient treatment since for both drug addiction and bipolar disorder, and has passed all drug tests since then. He would have faced up to 14 years in prison on the original drug charge and a year on the tax charge, but was sentenced to four years in prison.

#7. Jessica Kiper, Survivor

Kiper, the third-place finisher on Survivor: Gabon in 2008, later appeared on Celebrity Rehab in 2011 for various addictions including alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs. She admitted to Dr. Drew that she hadn’t been sober in over two years. Kiper received praise for her commitment to the program, but then chose not to go to sober living at the end of the season.

Last January, she was arrested in New Orleans for DWI. A “clearly hammered” Kiper took a selfie in the back of a squad car.

#8. Corey Epstein, Jerseylicious

Epstein, 23, was arrested last January for selling oxycodone to an undercover cop in Staten Island. His wife and fellow Jerseylicious star, Tracy DiMarco, said that her husband had a legitimate prescription for the painkiller to treat leg pain that he suffered during a bar stabbing in New York City. Epstein was arrested with 24 others in a police sting dubbed “Silent Hill.”

#9. Amanda Lee Adams, Myrtle Manor

Adams was arrested in South Carolina in April 2013 for DUI, and notoriously yelled at police that she was “on a f*cking TV reality show!” The 26-year-old had slammed her truck into a power pole and exhibited bizarre behavior in a video leaked by TMZ. Adams appears unable to recall how much she had to drink, then begged officers to let her go because she had to “pee really bad.” They refused, placing her under arrest after she failed a field sobriety test. Adams then sobbed that her “daddy’s gonna hate me.”

#10. Paris Hilton, The Simple Life

Hilton has her fair share of drug related run-ins with the law. She was arrested for DUI in 2006 and served a highly-publicized mere 23 days in jail the following year when she violated her probation by driving on a suspended license. Last July, she was detained in South Africa during the World Cup for marijuana possession, but the case was dropped after it was ruled that it was someone else who had been smoking.

The following month, she was arrested on the Las Vegas strip when police pulled her vehicle over after noticing the smell of marijuana and a small amount of cocaine fell out of her purse. Earlier this month, a drug bust turned up 400 kilograms of cocaine at her family’s estate in Costa Rica, but the family denied having any involvement with drug trading.

#11. Amber Portwood, Teen Mom

The reality star was arrested for drug possession in December 2011, which was in clear violation of the terms of her probation on domestic violence charges from the previous year. She was sentenced to court-ordered drug rehab in order to avoid a five-year prison sentence, but sparked plenty of debate in June 2012 for telling a judge that she was using drugs regularly while in rehab and asking to go to prison.

However, Portwood apparently took advantage of a drug treatment program offered by the jail by completing drug rehab and getting her GED. She was released on parole in November 2013 after just 16 months behind bars. She has since told The Fix that she plans to open up her own drug rehab center.

#12. Farrah Abraham, Teen Mom

In March 2013, the reality-turned-porn star was arrested for DUI after blowing nearly double the legal limit. Abraham then went on record with a series of bizarre excuses for her behavior, telling reporters that she was “not driving at the time. I was simply turning a corner and parking my vehicle and that’s when I was approached.” She also claimed that she was “not trying to drink” that night and “was not drinking while getting arrested,” and therefore was “not endangering anyone’s life.”

She then entered a 10-day rehab program in Florida, but was kicked out for bullying other patients, getting into fights with staff and inviting paparazzi to take photos of her.

#13. Jessica Sierra, American Idol

Sierra appeared on the show in 2005. In 2007, Sierra was arrested at a Tampa bar for possession of cocaine and assault in the form of throwing a glass at a patron. She was sentenced to 12 months of probation, but just one month before her season of Celebrity Rehab premiered, she was arrested, again at a bar, in December 2007 for violating her probation, disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest.

Sierra reportedly offered the arresting officer a sexual favor and then vomited in the back of the cruiser. She was then sentenced in January 2008 to a year of off-camera inpatient rehab and three years of probation. She has reportedly remained clean and sober since and credits Dr. Drew with saving her life.

#14. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jersey Shore

Snooki’s July 2010 arrest for public intoxication and disorderly conduct was a hit-maker for MTV as it was prominently featured on an episode of the show. Approximately 8.9 million viewers tuned into to see the infamous bad girl get handcuffed while practically baring all in a barely-there miniskirt and t-shirt that read “SLUT.” A source claimed that “She was passed out face down in the sand. She couldn’t even stand up. She was on her knees and kept falling on the beach.”

Snooki pled guilty to disorderly conduct that September and was ordered to pay a fine and complete two days of community service. Since then, she has considerably toned down her wild behavior and, just last week gave birth to her second child.

#15. Alexis Neiers, Pretty Wild

The reality TV star from Pretty Wild is actually best known for her role in a burglary ring that became known as the “Bling Ring” for robbing high profile celebrities’ homes, such as that of Orlando Bloom and Paris Hilton. When police went to her home for a compliance related to her “no contest” plea of residential burglary, they found heroin inside and she was consequently arrested in December 2010 for possession of heroin. Neiers was then sentenced to inpatient rehab for a year and has been sober ever since.

Neiers is now married to a man she met in an AA meeting and has given birth to daughter, Harper. In a June 2013 interview with The Fix, Neiers admitted that she resorted to burglary with the Bling Ring in order to support her drug habit. “I had been making a bunch of money during Pretty Wild, but that money went pretty fast with a $10,000 per week habit. After the show, I was panhandling at gas stations in Reseda,” she admitted. “I was that girl who gives you the whole long story about how her boyfriend left her stranded, her car was broken, that she needed a few bucks towards getting it fixed… that was definitely the low point in my addiction. I’m sure it could have gotten much worse, but I wound up in jail not too long after that.”

If you are struggling with substance abuse, addiction, or have been arrested on drug-related charges, it’s time to consider getting help in the form of treatment, such as inpatient rehab. You can call toll-free 1-800-951-6135 to speak with an Addiction Specialist who can answer your questions. We are available 24/7.

Bling Ring’s Alexis Neiers Appears on Vice

Bling Ring's Alexis Neiers Appears on Vice

From the Bling Ring to the sober life Alexis Neiers has lived one wild and intense story. The infamous true Hollywood story of teens robbing the luxury homes of celebrities that eventually inspired a film entitled Bling Ring created a lot on controversy for its time. As the most public member of the Bling Ring, Alexis Neiers was starring in a reality show that would be titled Pretty Wild and was at the time in the grips of an intense drug addiction. At age 21 Neiers began creating YouTube video logs, personal blogs and several interviews for the web-series VICE in the aftermath of the whole situation to touch on the disease of addiction, and her experience.

The whole situation erupted in 2009. Neiers pleaded no contest to the charges of felony burglary and was sentenced to 180 days in jail, of which she only ended up serving a total of 30 days. She was ordered to serve three years’ probation, and had to pay a fine of $600,000 to Orlando Bloom, who was just one victim in the illegal shopping spree. Circumstances did however change her life when she ended up in rehab down the line.

History of Addiction

“My dad was an alcoholic and addict and suffered a lot of physical abuse. My parents divorced when I was very young. I had a lot of trauma as a child, but I kept it in. So I was weird. Someone finally made the recommendation to my mom—a single mom who was doing her best—to take me to a psychiatrist. And that psychiatrist put me on medications.”

Alexis’ drug problem had taken roots in her early years, and after its evolution from behavioral medications to hard substance abuse, it eventually played a major role in her involvement with the other girls charged with the robberies of the Bling Ring. In one of the interviews with VICE Alexis admitted that when she and her sister originally decided to try and air the reality show Pretty Wild it was not her intention or desire to really get famous, but to support her growing drug habit.

“I was smoking 20 or more 80 mg Oxy’s a day, I was doing tons of cocaine, I was pan-handling for drugs. I had an over $10,000-a-week drug habit. What you were seeing on TV was not what was really going on.”

Alexis first picked up the habit of cocaine and meth in 8th grade, she also describes a long list of substances she actively used during the filming of her reality show, and during the time of the robberies. With those listed she said there were probably others she cannot remember.

  • OxyContin (Oxy’s)
  • Heroin
  • Crack
  • Antidepressants
  • Acid

Alexis had got caught with heroin and arrested shortly after being released from jail and missing several probation appointments.

“I was in complete denial. I tried to drown myself in the toilet. I was in so much pain because of the detox from opiates and benzos.” Luckily for her one day in court she had a spontaneous moment of clarity when she spoke out to the judge.

“I remember saying to the judge, ‘I’m a heroin addict. I’m 19 years old. I can’t stop using heroin.’ I remember envisioning myself walking through that courtroom and having this presence of God on my shoulder, protecting me.”

Alexis’ Road to Recovery

The road to recovery was freely laid out before Alexis after her admission. There was a man who was in the courtroom audience that day who offered to take Alexis into his rehab for a year on a free scholarship. Much later when she asked him why he had let her with no charge, he gave her an inspiring answer, “It’s living amends for all the women that I hurt when I was using.”

In the interviews with VICE the former reality-star turned drug counselor maintains her innocence in the crimes openly. Since the whole ordeal Alexis has given birth to a baby girl with her husband, Evan (whom she met while attending meetings in a 12 Step fellowship) and she is a volunteer at her husband’s sober living facility.

Alexis hopes to use her experiences to speak at high schools, sponsor young recovering addicts, and she is in the process of writing her memoir’s in an attempt to inspire other young women struggling with addiction.

One insightful video from the VICE interviews actually shows Alexis picking up her ex-boyfriend who was at the time actively smoking crack and using heroin to take him into a detox. Both go into great detail as to their experiences in addiction and recovery. Alexis says she is now over 3 years sober, and works actively in the recovery community and could not be happier. She no longer desires the money, the jewels, or the life of drugs and fame, and that all she needs is her family.

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In the News: The Untold Story Behind ‘The Bling Ring’

In the News: The Untold Story Behind ‘The Bling Ring’


If you don’t live in LA or New York, you won’t get a chance to see Sofia Coppola’s newest movie, The Bling Ring, until June 21. The movie tells the story of a group of teenagers who allegedly robbed the homes of celebrities, including Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan, and Paris Hilton. Over the course of a year, this group managed to steal a reported $3 million worth of goods from the homes of various A-list celebrities. They came to be known as “The Bling Ring.”

Alexis Neiers, one of the teens who was charged for the crimes, was featured on the short-lived reality show, Pretty Wild when she was arrested. The show was supposed to be about a mother and her wild teenage daughters in star-studded, superficial Los Angeles. However, when Neiers was charged with taking part in the robberies, the story line quickly changed. One scene in Pretty Wild shows a clearly high Neiers screaming and crying while leaving several voicemails for Vanity Fair journalist Nancy Jo Sales after her negative portrayal in an article about the crimes.

The reality show played for one season on E! and was then canceled allegedly because pictures surfaced of Alexis and her adopted sister, Tess Taylor, smoking black tar heroin. Alexis Neiers, who is now 21, admits that she was high the entire time the show was filming.

She tells VICE:

“People think I was living with my family [when the show was filmed], but I was living at a Best Western on Franklin and Vine. I was smoking 20 80-mg oxys a day, I was doing tons of cocaine, I was panhandling for drugs. I had an over-$10,000-a-week drug habit. What you were seeing on TV was not what was really going on.”

VICE reports that after serving one month of her six month sentence (in the same cell block as Lindsay Lohan, ironically) she was released and then caught with heroin and sent to rehab.

She recalls the day she came clean about her addiction, during a hearing for her heroin arrest.

“I had this moment of clarity. I was prepared to go in there and deny all the drugs and to say it was everybody else’s fault. I didn’t. I remember saying to the judge, ‘I’m a heroin addict. I’m 19 years old. I can’t stop using heroin.’ I remember envisioning myself walking through that courtroom and having this presence of God on my shoulder, protecting me. There’s a man, Greg Hannley, who was in the audience, and he said, ‘I’ll take her to my rehab for a year on a scholarship.’ I was elated. There was my answer. I later asked him, ‘Why did you take me in for free?’ He was like, ‘It’s living amends for all the women that I hurt when I was using.’ What an incredible thing. He’s still helping people today. He saved my life.”

She is now married to a Canadian businessman she met at a 12-step meeting and is a new mother. She also reportedly volunteers at her husband’s sober living facility, Acadia Malibu.

She tells VICE:

“I’m living a life that’s beyond my wildest dreams. The truth of the matter is that, for the majority of heroin addicts out there, we don’t get sober. We don’t get healthy. For a lot of victims of rape and molestation, we don’t ever heal. This life that I’m living is absolutely—it blows my mind. It’s not filled with tons of money or fame. I wouldn’t give it up for anything. If I could just have my baby, my husband, our apartment and a car, I’d be happy. I feel really, really blessed.”

If you or someone you love is in need of heroin or painkiller addiction treatment, please give us a call at 800-951-6135.



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