He’s a free man! Teen Mom OG star Ryan Edwards has reportedly been released from the slammer, just one week after his arrest. According to a new report, the 30-year-old walked free around 1:50 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31.
A spokesperson for Hamilton County Jail told Radar Online, “The first count of simple possession of heroin — petition to revoke — has been dismissed.” They added, “For the second count of possession of heroin — petition to revoke — he was given 11 months and 29 days suspended sentence.” He also must complete six months of probation and five public work days. His hearing will take place today.
The MTV personality had yet another run-in with the law after he was arrested on Monday, July 23 in Red Bank, TN. According to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department online records database, Ryan was “booked for previous charges or other reason(s).”
This marked the second time Ryan landed himself in jail after his initial charge, which was possession of a controlled substance. In March 12, 2017, Ryan was pulled over for an expired tag, and during the traffic stop, the police officer noticed a hypodermic needle in an open backpack on the passenger’s seat, according to Radar Online.
“I asked Edwards if he had any medical conditions and he replied ‘No.’ I then asked why he had a hypodermic needle in his backpack and he replied, ‘I don’t know,'” the officer wrote in the report. “I told him that the vehicle will be searched and he should inform me if there are more and Edwards replied, ‘Yes, probably.'”
Ryan Edwards’ July 2018 mug shot. (Photo Credit: Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department)
During the search, the officer found a total of 14 needles, one of which was loaded with heroin. “I asked Edwards what it was and he replied, ‘It’s heroin, and I have a problem.'” But Ryan was not arrested at the time, and instead he was issued a misdemeanor citation for simple possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Two months after his citation, Ryan entered a rehab facility where he underwent a 30-day treatment program for his addiction. But he left before the full 30 days, and sources revealed that it probably wasn’t in his best interest to leave early. “Ryan needed more inpatient treatment, longer than what he previously got,” an insider revealed to Us Weekly.
It seemed like that was evident because Ryan was not clean or sober after his treatment. According to Red Bank City Court documents obtained by Radar, Ryan tested positive for opiates and morphine in a urine sample collected on Jan. 17, 2018. An insider revealed, “He failed the scheduled drug test. That is why they charged him with petition to revoke.”
In March 2018, the 30-year-old was arrested on a warrant for petition to revoke — which means breaking probation — related to his heroin possession charge, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. At the time, a source told Radar that he was held on $5,000 bond and “he was bonded out at 10:15 p.m.”
Ryan’s last mugshot, taken in March 2018. (Photo Credit: Chattanooga Times Free Press)
But Ryan isn’t the only one affected by his drug addiction. His substance issues have been a running theme on Teen Mom OG, and Maci Bookout is worried about the lasting effects Ryan’s addiction would have on their nine-year-old son Bentley.
Ryan also has another baby on the way, because wife Mackenzie Standifer is currently pregnant with their first child together. But it sounds like fans will not get to continue to follow Ryan’s journey to recovery or Mackenzie’s pregnancy journey because the couple recently revealed that they quit Teen Mom OG because of a dispute over Ryan’s storyline.
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