Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton was denied entry into the country on Thursday when he was found in possession of cocaine at Los Angeles International Airport, sources close to the situation have confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Foreign nationals may be inadmissible due to the commission of a crime involving drug possession,” Jaime Ruiz, branch chief of strategic media engagement for U.S. Customs and Border Protection tells THR. “CBP officers treat all international travelers with integrity, respect and professionalism while keeping the highest standards of security.”
Law enforcement officials confirmed to THR that they found traces of cocaine on Heaton and that the actor admitted the consumption of drugs to them.
Heaton, a British citizen, was detained at LAX and denied entry to the country, missing the premiere of the second season of his Netflix show Stranger Things in Westwood.
According to Ruiz, there are more than 60 specific grounds of inadmissibility to the U.S. and are divided into several major categories, including health-related, prior criminal convictions, security reasons, public charge, labor certification, illegal entrants and immigration violations, documentation requirements and miscellaneous grounds.
Heaton stars on the breakout Netflix hit as Jonathan Byers, the older brother of Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), whose disappearance is at the center of the show’s first season.
A request for comment from Heaton was not immediately returned.