Mackenzie Philips charged with heroin possession

Wed Sep 3, 2008 5:35pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former "One Day at Time" television star Mackenzie Phillips was charged on Wednesday with cocaine and heroin possession after being arrested last week while going through airport security.

Prosecutors in Los Angeles also charged Philips, 48, with unauthorized possession of a hypodermic needle or syringe. She is out on $10,000 bail awaiting a first court hearing in October.

Police arrested Phillips, eldest daughter of late Mamas & the Papas leader John Phillips, after she went through airport security screening at Los Angeles airport. Police said she had a "small amount" of drugs packaged in balloons and plastic bags.

Phillips starred as Julie Romano in the CBS comedy "One Day at a Time," which ran from 1975 to 1984. She battled drug addiction during her time on the sitcom and was later fired from the show after undergoing drug rehabilitation but then relapsing.

More recently, Phillips starred as a rock star mom in the Disney Channel series "So Weird."

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant)

<p>Mackenzie Phillips arrives at the opening night of the classic musical "Annie" at the Pantages theatre in Hollywood October 4, 2005. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>