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New York police arrest rocker Weiland on drug charge

June 2, 1998
Web posted at: 2:08 a.m. EDT (0208 GMT)

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Scott Weiland, the lead singer for the rock group Stone Temple Pilots whose battle with drugs landed him in a treatment center, was arrested Monday with about $100 worth of heroin, police said.

Police stopped the 30-year-old Weiland as he walked out of a Manhattan housing project known for drug activity about 3 p.m. (EDT), said police spokeswoman Valerie St. Rose.

Weiland, from Pasadena, California, was charged with criminal trespassing and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police said Weiland had 10 packets of heroin with him and had admitted going to the housing project to buy drugs.

His show at a Manhattan club Monday night was canceled, a spokeswoman for Atlantic Records said, as was a Yahoo! Internet chat he was to have taken part in that evening.

Weiland was arrested in May 1995 in Pasadena when police found cocaine in his car and heroin in his wallet. In April 1996, a judge ordered him to spend four to six months at a drug treatment center, which put the group's U.S. summer tour on hold.

The group won a Grammy in 1994 in the category of "hard rock performance with vocal" for the song "Plush" and had hits with "Interstate Love Song" and "Sex Type Thing," but the group became inactive after releasing a 1995 album, "Tiny Music: Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop." Atlantic said it hoped the Pilots would eventually record again.

Weiland was touring to support a solo album he released this year, "12 Bar Blues."

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