John Young
April 30, 2009 AT 05:32 AM EDT

Redmond O’Neal, the 24-year-old son of Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the charge of heroin possession, People reports. O’Neal was arrested on April 5 in a Santa Clarita jail parking lot while allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into the prison. Last weekend, O’Neal was allowed to leave jail for three hours to visit his mother, who is currently battling cancer. It’s expected that O’Neal will enter a drug-treatment program following an additional hearing on Thursday.

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