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Snakes On A Plane Writer Arrested On Santa Clarita Walmart Theft Charge

Snakes On A Plane Writer Arrested On Santa Clarita Walmart Theft Charge

A Hollywood screenwriter credited with “Snakes on a Plane” was arrested Monday night in Canyon Country on a burglary charge at a Walmart in Santa Clarita, according to Sheriff’s Station officials.

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John Heffernan, 39, of Pasadena, is suspected of stealing pants and other clothing items, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station official said Tuesday.

He’s being held without bail due to an alleged probation violation, according to Sheriff’s Station arrest records.

Heffernan was arrested Monday around 6:15 p.m., according to Sheriff’s Station officials.Snakes on a Plane writer arrested again

He had a $50,000 outstanding warrant out for his arrest at the time he was taken into custody, said Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

On March 6, Heffernan pleaded no contest to a heroin possession charge, and on May 29, he was sentenced 30 days in jail and to undergo a rehabilitation program, which he was discharged from before completion, according to court records.

After violating the terms of his sentence, he was subsequently sentenced to six months in a residential drug-treatment facility, Santiago said. On June 30, he was discharged from the program before completion.

A judge ordered Heffernan to take a drug test last Wednesday, which he did not show up for, resulting in the warrant, Santiago said.

He also was charged with misdemeanor possession of a smoking device Jan. 9, stemming from a Nov. 8 arrest.

There were no updated records for that case, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Monday’s incident was the latest in a string of legal problems for Heffernan, who’s credited as a one of three screenplay-story writers for the 2006 hit “Snakes on a Plane,” starring Samuel L. Jackson.

“Snakes” is Heffernan’s only entry on, but he’s also credited with writing the unreleased “A Chance for Both Barrels” movie and the digital comic book series “Driver for the Dead.”

Heffernan is being held at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. He’s due in court Wednesday in San Fernando.

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