Former ALICE IN CHAINS Bassist MIKE STARR: More Details Emerge In Salt Lake City Arrest

February 18, 2011

More details have emerged in the arrest of former ALICE IN CHAINS bassist Mike Starr for alleged drug possession.

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Starr was arrested during a traffic stop after the van he was in crossed over a median about 1 a.m. Thursday (February 17) in Salt Lake City.

Starr, a passenger in the van, is alleged to have been found with a six Opana pills and six Alprazolam pills for which he did not have prescriptions.

Starr reportedly told police, "Hey officer, have you heard of ALICE IN CHAINS? I used to be the bass guitarist for them. We are down here in Utah . . . putting together a new band."

Opana is said to be a semi-synthetic opioid analgesic, while Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety disorders and panic attacks.

Starr's latest mug shot can be viewed below (courtesy of Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office).

Starr was featured as a cast member of the third season of the VH1 reality series "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew". Hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky, the season consisted of eight episodes that followed the real-life experiences of celebrity patients undergoing detoxification and treatment at the Pasadena Recovery Center.

Starr, a founding member of ALICE IN CHAINS, had been in legal trouble before in Seattle, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake City. His past charges include DUI, reckless driving, and various drug charges.

Back in April 1994, Starr was sentenced to 30 days in the Houston jail for misdemeanor drug possession. Starr was arrested at Houston's Intercontinental Airport while trying to check in for a flight to Los Angeles with a suitcase he had stolen from the baggage claim area. Authorities searched him and found he was carrying marijuana.

Read more from The Salt Lake Tribune.

Starr's February 17, 2011 mug shot (courtesy of Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office)

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