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Artie Lange Headed to Rehab After Pleading Guilty in Drug Case

Former ”Howard Stern Show“ personality cops to heroin possession and says that he will seek help

Former “Howard Stern Show” personality Artie Lange is rehab-bound, after pleading guilty in a drug case against him.

A spokeswoman for the Essex County, NJ prosecutor told TheWrap that Lange pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance on Friday, and indicated in court that he planned to enter a rehab program.

Lange had also been charged with possession of cocaine, though that charge was dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea.

Specifically, Lange pleaded guilty to possession of 81 decks of heroin.

Lange is due for sentencing Feb. 23.

The comedian was arrested at his New Jersey home earlier this week, after missing a court date relating to his May 12 arrest.

According to NJ.com, Lange was seen erratically driving his Range Rover on the Garden State Parkway in May. When stopped, law enforcement found a bag of heroin on his lap. Lange was subsequently charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and drug paraphernalia.

Artie Lange mugshot

Essex County Jail

In March, the former “Howard Stern Show” personality was arrested for heroin and cocaine possession, which was reported as “several bags of drugs” in his possession. He was released after being booked on three unspecified charges.

Lange has spoken publicly about his battles with addiction, and he tweeted after the March incident, “Hey guys. I was arrested. I’m doing great. Physically too! I’m in St. Louis & will be on stage this weekend at The Funnybone! Love u all!.”