Stranger Things Star Charlie Heaton Denied Entry Into U.S. Over Cocaine Possession: Reports

Actor was reportedly en route to Los Angeles from London when authorities made the discovery

By McKenna Aiello Oct 28, 2017 2:28 AMTags
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The statement continued, "Foreign nationals may be inadmissible due to the commission of a crime involving drug possession.  A violation, conspiracy to violate or simply an attempt to violate any U.S. State, federal or any foreign government controlled substance violation renders a foreign national inadmissible to the United States."

Specific grounds of inadmissibility can be found in INA § 212(a) and list more than 60 grounds of inadmissibility 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."


Notice someone missing from last night's premiere of Stranger Things season two? 

That someone was actor Charlie Heaton, and according to The Sun and other outlets, it's because he was denied entry into the United States when authorities discovered he was in possession of cocaine. The 23-year-old British actor was reportedly en route to Los Angeles from London last Saturday when U.S. border officials detained him. 

The outlet reports drug-sniffing dogs detected the substance. A source says, "He was not arrested. He was held at the airport for a while and then put back on a plane to London that night."

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Heaton has not commented publicly on the report. E! News has reached out to his rep for comment. 

Meanwhile, plenty of his co-stars, including rumored girlfriend Natalia Dyer, walked the red carpet in Los Angeles to celebrate Stranger Things' arrival on Netflix. 

Millie Bobby Brown turned heads with her suddenly longer hairstyle, an extreme departure for the buzz cut made famous by her character on the sci-fi series. The young starlet told us she prefers her short 'do over the layered bob she's currently rocking, dishing, "Shaved head will always be my favorite hairstyle."

None of the other Stranger Things actors made mention of Heaton's absence.