Leif Garrett pleads not guilty in drug case

In this booking photo released on Wednesday Feb. 3, 2010 by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department showing former 1970s teen idol Leif Garrett, 48, after he was arrested two days before after allegedly carrying heroin into a Los Angeles subway station. (AP Photo/Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.)

February 24, 2010 10:38:31 AM PST
Leif Garrett has pleaded not guilty in a felony drug possession case in Los Angeles. The plea came Wednesday during the arraignment of the musician and former teen heartthrob. Defense attorney Andrew Flier said authorities illegally searched Garrett before he was arrested Feb. 1 for investigation of carrying heroin in the city subway system.

Flier says Garrett disputes the contention that he was nervous and sweating profusely, which prompted his search and arrest. Garrett, who is free on bail, did not speak to reporters.

The 48-year-old has had a series of drug arrests since the height of his popularity in the 1970s. Flier says Garrett sought help after those arrests and accepted responsibility but plans to fight the latest case.