Tom Sizemore Arrested For Heroin Possession

By Paul Gaita 01/28/19

If convicted, the "Saving Private Ryan" actor could be sentenced to a year in jail.

Tom Sizemore

Actor Tom Sizemore has been charged for possession of heroin and faces the possibility of a year in jail and a monetary fine.

TMZ reported that Sizemore, whose film and television roles include Saving Private Ryan and the recent Twin Peaks reboot, was charged with two counts of possession of heroin and two counts of possession of medication without a prescription by the Burbank City Attorney in California, after police reportedly discovered the drugs in his car during a routine stop.

All four charges are misdemeanors, but if convicted, Sizemore could be incarcerated for up to a year in jail and subjected to a $1,000 fine.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sizemore was pulled over by police officers from the Burbank Police Department on January 5, 2019, because his vehicle had expired registration tags and was missing its front license plate.

Arrest records show that Sizemore, who was traveling with a male passenger, consented to a search of his vehicle, during which officers found heroin and another substance, initially described as methamphetamine in early media reports, but labeled in the city attorney's documents as "medication without a prescription."

Both Sizemore and his passenger were reportedly released after posting bail.

If Sizemore is convicted, the misdemeanor charges do not carry the possibility of a prison sentence, but he could be sentenced to a year in jail, which is designated by local law enforcement or government agencies for holding inmates awaiting trial or serving short sentences. 

A Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee, Sizemore has a long history of run-ins with the law, including a 2003 conviction for physical abuse and harassment against then-girlfriend and "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss and a 2007 arrest for methamphetamine possession.

Last year, Sizemore was named in a lawsuit by a former child actress who claimed that he had sexually molested her during the production of a 2003 film. Sizemore denied the charges via a statement from his publicist.

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