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Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr arrested for unprescribed painkillers

Mike Starr (VH1)

Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr arrested for unprescribed painkillers
Mike Starr (VH1)

(CBS) - Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr was arrested in Utah Thursday evening after police say they caught him with an unmarked bottle of prescription pills, according to a report.

Starr, who appeared on season 3 of VH1's Celebrity Rehab, was arrested on two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance for 6 pills of a painkiller called Opana and 6 pills of Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug, reports TMZ.

The 44-year-old who played with Alice in Chains from 1987 to 1993 did not have a prescription for either drug, says the site.

According to the police report obtained by TMZ, Starr tried to pull the celebrity card on the arresting officer.

"[Mike] stated 'Hey officer, have you heard of Alice in Chains? I used to be the base [sic] guitarist for them. We are down here in Utah. Me and Travis are putting together a new band.'"

Starr was being held on a $20,000 and was still in police custody as of early Friday.

Alice in Chains lead singer Layne Staley died from complications related to drug addiction in 2002.

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