Last month Artie tweeted that he had checked into a hospital to get his blood sugar under control. A couple of months prior to his hospital stay, Artie was beaten by a pipe in a New Jersey jail. Today, Artie is back in rehab seeking treatment for drug addiction and possibly facing 5 years of prison time for drug possession charges. He was arrested back in March 2017 for possession of cocaine, heroin, and drug paraphernalia at his home in Hoboken, New Jersey.
But that wasn’t the only time he was arrested in 2017. In May 2017, Lange was arrested after he was allegedly seen driving his Range Rover erratically near a McDonald’s on the Garden State Parkway. Police said they found him with a large bag of heroin on his lap. Lange was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
When police arrested him for not showing up to court, Lange pleaded guilty to possession of 81 decks — each deck is about 1 to 15 grams — of heroin.
“I went in the hospital to get my blood sugar under control,” he tweeted mid-February 2018. “I’m out to go to work. I missed too many days & I insisted. My blood pressure is way up. So I have to go back in tonight til it’s down. I’m payin for an unhealthy life. When the medication is right I will be fine.”
Artie who is now 50, admitted that he had gotten scared after a doctor told him he was in danger of suffering a stroke.
“So don’t worry. But when a doctor says I’m in danger of a stroke unless I change everything I do I get insanely scared. I hate the hospital but they said if I don’t go back they’d refuse to treat me. I will do this guys. I ain’t ready to check out yet.”
Artie Lange‘s sentencing hearing has been pushed back because the comedian remains in rehab seeking treatment for drug addiction, Lange’s attorney told Page Six.
Artie is now scheduled to appear in court on March 23.
Possibilities for penalties Artie could face include a drug treatment program, probation or probation with a split sentence — a year in county jail, for instance. But in general, jail time for possession of heroin could mean anywhere from three to five years. – Brian McCauley said, a criminal defense attorney who worked as a prosecutor in Mercer County for 30 years.
The fact that Artie is completing a stay in rehab could help but 81 decks heroin is a lot for anyone to be arrested with.