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Former “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Lauri Peterson’s son Josh Waring is facing criminal charges stemming from an arrest earlier this year, including possession of crimes and sale of fentanyl.
The 33-year-old former reality star was arrested in January for possession of crimes and sale of fentanyl, plus a misdemeanor charge for possession of methamphetamine.
Waring, who was on parole for assault and has a long legal history, was recognized by a deputy in the Orange County Sheriff’s Department from a previous drug arrest when an officer saw Josh in the passenger seat of a vehicle, according to TMZ.
With knowledge of Waring’s history, the officer conducted a random search of the vehicle and allegedly found “drugs right on Josh’s lap.”
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The deputy then saw Josh “brush the drugs on the car’s floorboard,” which was later tested and identified as fentanyl and methamphetamine.
That United States Drug Enforcement Agency listed fentanyl as a Scheme II-controlled substance “similar to morphine but about 100 times more potent,” noting that two milligrams (less than a pinch of salt) of the synthetic opioid can be lethal depending on a person’s body size.
He was allegedly “arrested on the spot”, taken into custody and charged with the sale of fentanyl because of the “amount found” of the deadly drug.
The Centers for Disease Control reported overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids (primarily illegally manufactured fentanyl) increased 55.6% from January 2020 to 2021 and appear to be the primary driver behind the increase in overall overdose deaths.
Waring was arrested in 2016 for allegedly shooting a man outside a sober home.
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He spent four years behind bars awaiting trial and was originally sentenced to 65 years in prison for life before reaching a trial in March 2020.
Waring pleaded guilty to assault with firearms, evasion of a peace officer, two counts of assault, hit-and-run with property damage and battery. He was sentenced to seven years and four months in prison and released after serving his sentence pending trial.
In October 2019, Waring drew headlines after him was chopped several times by a fellow prisoner. He was left bleeding after being cut several times in the face and chest by the inmate’s razor blade.
At that time, Waring claimed that the detectives were to blame to the fight and set him up. He also claimed that the detectives were trying to cover up their alleged negligence.
Shortly after his release from prison, Waring sued Orange County, California, and two OC sheriff’s deputies – who were sentenced to the men’s prison in Santa Ana – claiming they were trying to get him killed in retaliation.
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According to TMZ, which obtained the criminal report from the incident, a detective claimed that Waring told the guards after the attack that he knew they were not behind it.
Joel Garson, Waring’s lawyer, told Fox News at the time that the guard lied to cover up that the attacker should not have been out of his cell in the first place according to the jail protocol.
In June 2020, Waring was charged with three misdemeanors, including possession of a controlled substance, drug equipment, and misrepresentation of himself to police.
Nearly a year later in May 2021, Waring was arrested after deputies stopped a person driving a stolen rental car in the Lake Forest area of Southern California. Waring, a passenger in the vehicle, was charged with possession of fentanyl, methamphetamine and drug equipment.
He did not show up for his trial date in September 2021 and an arrest warrant was issued for his arrest.
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