Linda Denise Blair (born January 22, 1959) is an American actress, producer, and activist. She is best known for playing the possessed child, Regan, in the horror film The Exorcist (1973), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe and People's Choice Award. Blair reprised her role in Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), for which she was nominated for a Saturn Award.
According to The New York Times Archives Linda Blair was Held in Drug Case on Dec. 21, 1977
The actress Linda Blair, who starred in the movie “The Exorcist,” was one of 32 persons arrested in a drug investigation, a Drug Enforcement Administration.
An estimated $3 million in cocaine was seized in Florida and Texas, investigators said. Miss Blair was charged with conspiracy to commit a felony in the alleged sale and purchase of cocaine.
Peter Grudin of the Federal agency's Connecticut office said that his agents and members of the Wilton police department served warrants on the 18‐year‐old Miss Blair as she left her Ridgefield Road home in Wilton in her car. He said that the charges originated with the Federal investigation centering in the Houston area and Jacksonville, Fla.
Miss Blair was released on S2.500 bail after she pleaded not guilty in Stamford Common Pleas Court to a chrage of narcotics possession. Her case was continued until Jan. IS.
Among those arrested in Florida were two children of State Senator Dan Scarborough, Democrat of Jacksonville—John, 24, and Lynn, 20.
Lynn Scarborough, who was charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, was released on $6,200 bail. John was freed on $1,576 bail.
Undersheriff John Nelson said that one and a half pounds of pure cocaine had been found in the luggage of two men the police described as leaders of the ring, and “a little more than two pounds” was seized by the authorities in Houston. The estimated street value of the confiscated cocaine was $3.5 million.