15 Reality Stars Busted For Drugs

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Corey Epstein, Jerseylicious
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Epstein, 23, was arrested last January for selling oxycodone pills to an undercover cop outside of his home in Staten Island. His arrest was part of a 16-month probe by local authorities dubbed “Silent Hill,” which led to 24 people, in total, being charged with various drug crimes. But his wife and fellow Jerseylicious star, Tracy DiMarco, said that her husband had a legitimate oxycodone prescription to treat leg pain that he suffered during a bar stabbing in New York City. “The only thing my husband is guilty of is having a prescription,” she said in a statement. “We know the truth will come out.” Epstein, 23, had previously made headlines last year for winning a $900,000 judgment over injuries he claimed took place while trying to break up a fight between two women. 

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Ronald Dunlap, Cheer Perfection
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Dunlap, the co-owner of the gym featured on the TLC reality show, was busted along with another coach last January for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Perhaps surprisingly, it was his wife and fellow co-owner of Cheer Time Revolution, Alisha, who had suspended him indefinitely because of the gym’s zero-tolerance drug policy. Clients at the gym expressed outrage after he began teaching there just weeks later, but Alisha said it was only because they were understaffed on a particular day. The gym has since begun a new policy of drug testing all staff members and said they would welcome Ronald back once he tested clean.

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Salwa Amin, Buckwild
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The former MTV reality star has become just as famous for her drug crimes as her time on the hit show. The 25-year-old was arrested along with two other men during a February 2013 bust that turned up Oxycodone and heroin. When police arrived with a search warrant, they found Amin and two other men hiding in a shed. One of the men, Jason Jones, admitted that they brought the drugs back to his home to distribute to other parties. Three bags of heroin were found in the shed and police also found Oxycodone inside Amin’s purse. She was given two felony drug possession charges, but was held without bail the following month after skipping her initial court date. She later completed a court-ordered inpatient rehab program for opiates and pleaded guilty that November to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Amin ultimately received a sentence of one to five years in prison last January, with 192 days credited for time already served.

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Mark Balelo, Storage Wars
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The flashy A&E reality star was arrested last February on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and then tragically took his own life just two days later. TThe 40-year-old died on Feb. 12, 2013, from reported carbon monoxide poisoning after sources found him in his car, which was parked and running inside the garage at his auction house in Simi Valley, CA. Insiders also reported that he was so distraught over his drug arrest that he asked his fiancée to come over after he got out of jail because he was worried he might hurt himself. In his final interview in December 2012, Balelo admitted to being convicted on drug charges in 2009, but said he never committed a crime. “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.”

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Alexis Neiers, Pretty Wild
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The reality TV starlet, best known for her role in the “Bling Ring” that robbed the homes of several celebrities including Orlando Bloom and Paris Hilton, was arrested in December 2010 for possession of heroin. Police went to her home for a compliance check stemming from her “no contest” plea of residential burglary and found the drugs inside. Neiers was sentenced to inpatient rehab for a year and has been sober ever since. Now married (to a man she met in an AA meeting) and a new mom to daughter Harper, she claimed in a June 2013 interview with The Fix that her involvement in the Bling Ring was fueled by trying to come up with cash 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.”

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Florina Kaja, Bad Girls Club
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Better known as Flo during her time as a cast member on Season 4 of the Oxygen reality show, Kaja was arrested after checking into Englewood Medical Center with the  ID of another woman and then using her hospital bracelet to fill a prescription under her alter ego. The physician at the medical center gave her five Percocet and wrote out a prescription for 15 more. But after trying to pick up the prescription at a CVS pharmacy, a store employee expressed concern about Kaja’s behavior and notified police. Local law enforcement officials then found five other Percocet pills in the car and became aware of her fraud. She was booked and then released on $10,000 bail.

Unfortunately, it appears she didn’t learn her lesson. After being pulled over by police for making an illegal U-turn in New York last July, she gave the officers a fake name. They eventually exposed her bogus alibi and also found marijuana and what appeared to be cocaine in the car. Kaja was then arrested for DWI and possession of a controlled substance. She also had an outstanding warrant for harassment.

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Devoin Austin, 16 and Pregnant
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One of the fathers on the third season of the infamous MTV reality show, 21-year-old Austin, was arrested last April on charges including possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and two traffic charges. Austin and his new girlfriend, 21-year-old Jazmine Williams, were pulled over by police when the officer noticed "the odor of burnt cannabis emanating from the driver-side window.” Williams admitted that there were illegal narcotics inside the vehicle. 

Austin was charged last September with burglary, marijuana possession and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, but all of those charges were eventually dropped by prosecutors. The mother of his toddler daughter and fellow 16 and Pregnant star, Brianna DeJesus, accused him of being a deadbeat dad in 2012. “He does what's convenient for him," she said. "This is a 24-hour job. He should be around."

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Adam Jasinski, Big Brother
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Jasinski was riding high after claiming the $500,000 cash prize for winning the ninth season of Big Brother in April 2008, but his world came crashing down in October 2010 after pleading guilty to possession with attempt to distribute, in addition to not paying taxes on his Big Brother winnings. He was arrested outside of Boston in October 2009 and charged with attempting to sell 2,000 oxycodone pills, in addition to several other painkillers. A DEA agent reported that Jasinski admitted to using some of his winnings from the show to buy painkillers and sell them all over the east coast. 

Jasinski told the court that since his arrest, he spent four months at an inpatient drug treatment center in Massachusetts, had been receiving outpatient treatment since for both drug addiction and bipolar disorder, and had passed all drug tests since then. He could have faced up to 14 years in prison on the drug charge and a year on the tax charge, but was sentenced in January 2011 to four years in prison.

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Jessica Kiper, Survivor
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The third-place finisher on Survivor: Gabon in 2008, Kiper appeared on Celebrity Rehab in 2011 to address numerous addictions including alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs. She admitted, at the time, to Dr. Drew that she hadn’t spent a single day sober in over two years. She received high praise for her commitment to the program, but chose not to enroll in sober living at the end of the season.

That may not have been the best decision because she was arrested in New Orleans last January for DWI. A “clearly hammered” Kiper took a selfie in the back of a squad car and later posted the photo to Instagram, writing “"#Survivor was worse. Crossing this off my bucket list. #wakeupcall... My mugshot is going to be as bad as my yearbook photos." She later addressed the arrest on Instagram by writing, “Yes I’m stupid sometimes…let’s move on.”

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Amanda Lee Adams, Myrtle Manor
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Adams showed a brazen lack of self-awareness during her April 2013 arrest for DUI, yelling to police in South Carolina that she was “on a fucking TV reality show!” The 26-year-old reportedly slammed her truck into a power pole in an early morning accident 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 wisely refused and placed her under arrest after she bombed her field sobriety test. An emotional Adams started sobbing afterwards and declared that “my daddy’s gonna hate me.” 

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Paris Hilton, The Simple Life
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The infamous reality star and socialite has had plenty of drug related run-ins with the law. After being arrested for DUI in 2006,she served a highly publicized 23 days in jail the following year after violating her probation by driving with a suspended license. Unfortunately, Hilton wasn’t unable to maintain a low profile afterwards. She was detained last July in South Africa during the World Cup for marijuana possession, but the case was dropped after it was ruled that someone else in her camp 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.

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Amber Portwood, Teen Mom
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The controversial reality star was arrested for drug possession in December 2011, a clear violation of the terms of her probation on domestic violence charges 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. But Portwood made the most of her time behind bars by completing drug rehab and getting her GED, eventually being released on parole in November 2013 after just 16 months behind bars. She told The Fix last month that she even has plans to open up her own drug rehab center.

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Farrah Abraham, Teen Mom
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The reality-turned-porn star was arrested for DUI in March 2013 after blowing nearly double the legal limit. However, it was her series of logic-defying excuses afterwards that got her into even further hot water. Abraham later told 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 justified her actions by claiming that she was “not trying to drink” that night and “was not drinking while getting arrested,” and therefore “not endangering anyone’s life.” She entered a 10-day rehab program that July at the Lukens Institute in Florida, but was kicked out for reportedly bullying fellow patients, getting into fights with staff and inviting paparazzi to take photos of her.

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Jessica Sierra, American Idol
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After appearing on the hit singing competition in 2005, Sierra was arrested at a Tampa bar in 2007 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 at a bar in December 2007 for violating her probation, disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest. Sierra also reportedly offered a cop a sexual favor during her arrest and then vomited in the back of a police car. She spent over a month in jail in lieu of bond before being sentenced in January 2008 to a year of off-camera inpatient rehab at the Pasadena Recovery Center and three years of probation. She has reportedly remained clean and sober since and credits Dr. Drew with saving her life.

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Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jersey Shore
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Snooki’s misfortune led to huge ratings for MTV when her July 2010 arrest for public intoxication and disorderly conduct was prominently featured on an episode of the show. Approximately 8.9 million viewers tuned into to see the infamous guidette get handcuffed while wearing a barely-there miniskirt and t-shirt that read “SLUT.” A source later 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. But since then, she has toned down considerably and gave birth last week to her second child last week with fiancé Jionni Lavalle.