12/26/2005 AT 08:00 AM EST
Former child actor Brad Renfro was arrested Thursday in a Los Angeles Skid Row police sting that netted 14 other people, say authorities.
Renfro, who starred in 1994's The Client when he was 12, is now 23. He was charged with a felony count of attempting to possess heroin and freed on $10,000 bail Friday. He is scheduled for arraignment on Dec. 30, reports the Associated Press.
Renfro's other credits include Tom and Huck, Ghost World, Deuces Wild and The Jacket.
"He was contrite about being arrested and he readily acknowledged that he had a drug problem," police Lt. Paul Vernon said at a news conference.
If convicted, Renfro could evade prison thanks to a 2000 law requires that first- and second-time nonviolent drug offenders be ordered to treatment programs instead, said Jane Robison, a district attorney's spokeswoman.
This is not Renfro's first brush with the law. His most recent previous encounter was on Nov. 24, when he was charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence and two counts of driving with a suspended license, said city attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan.