Charlie Heaton, the star who plays Jonathan Byers in the hit Netflix show “Stranger Things,” was denied entry into the U.S. last week after trace amounts of cocaine were found in his luggage when he arrived in Los Angeles.
On Friday, Netflix premiered the long-awaited second season of their award-winning series “Stranger Things.” However, Heaton, a British citizen, was missing at the show’s premiere party on Thursday in L.A.
According to the Associated Press, a customs canine sniffed Heaton’s luggage when he arrived at Los Angeles International Airport last Saturday and a small amount of cocaine was found.
Heaton was denied entry into the U.S. and was sent back to London, but fortunately, he was not arrested.
Heaton was able to avoid the upsidedown (jail) due to his clean criminal history. As for “Stranger Things” fans, there’s no need to worry. Thankfully, this won’t affect Heaton too seriously. He will be allowed to enter the U.S. again but not until he reapplies for admission.
I know that Charlie Heaton wasn’t officially charged with any crime but let me play devil’s advocate for a second. If Heaton was charged what would have happened?
According to the New York Post, If an officer happens upon what looks like drugs in someone’s bag, “TSA refers the matter to law enforcement.” Furthermore, TSA’s screening procedures are governed by federal law.
Additionally, under federal law, cocaine is considered a Schedule II narcotic. As a first-time offender, Heaton would have faced up to 20 years in prison and/or a $1,000 fine. But like I said, Heaton was able to avoid all of that — so stream on “Stranger Things” fans.
Even though I know you’ve probably already binge-watched the entire second season. Seriously, though, what would we do without Jonathan Byers? He’s the best demogorgon-slaying brother ever. There’s nobody quite like Jon Byers.