"Teen Mom OG" Star Ryan Edwards Arrested For Alleged Drug Possession

By Paul Gaita 07/30/18

The arrest comes at a tumultuous time for Edwards who just announced that he quit Teen Mom OG over a network dispute.

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Reality television star Ryan Edwards was arrested on July 23 on what appeared to be charges of drug possession.

Edwards, who recently announced that he and his spouse, Mackenzie Edwards, were leaving MTV's Teen Mom OG series, was arrested and booked in Hamilton County, Tennessee on what was described by the county sheriff's office as "previous charges or other reasons," but listed in its inmate system as possession of a controlled substance.

Edwards, who on a 2017 episode of the series appeared to fall asleep at the wheel of a moving vehicle while allegedly under the influence of Xanax, was previously arrested in March of 2018 for violating probation related to 2017 charges for heroin possession.

According to E! News, no bond was set and Edwards is due in court on August 6.

Radar Online reported that the July 23 arrest was prompted by a petition to revoke for violation of the 2017 charge. He allegedly missed a May 21, 2018 court date, for which a warrant was issued for his arrest. Edwards is alleged to have resisted arrest when officers arrived for him on July 23.

The arrest comes at a tumultuous time for Edwards, who announced just three days prior to the arrest that he quit Teen Mom OG over the network's alleged decision to write him and Mackenzie Edwards out of the series.

Mackenzie—who announced in March 2018 that she and Edwards were expecting their first child—told E! News on July 20 that MTV allegedly "told us they don't want to show Ryan as a recovering addict."

Edwards also alleged that his ex-girlfriend, Maci Bookout, with whom he has a nine-year-old son, refused to participate in filming for the series unless he left Teen Mom and returned to rehab. 

"Maci can't speak to Ryan and Ryan can't speak to Maci—that was a mutual decision," said Mackenzie. "But she doesn't know what's going on in our lives." Edwards had previously sought treatment in May of 2017 after the heroin possession charge that year.

The March 2018 arrest for probation violation, which took place at Edwards' home, also came shortly before Bookout filed for two orders of protection against Edwards, one for her current husband, Taylor McKinney, and the other for Bookout and her three children.

As Us Weekly noted, court documents show that Bookout alleged receiving threatening voicemails from Edwards, who also reportedly appeared at their son's baseball game while under the influence of heroin and threatened to harm her. A judge granted both orders.

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Paul Gaita lives in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, Amazon.com and The Los Angeles Beat, among many other publications and websites.