The actor and his former wife speak out as Cameron Douglas goes from home confinement to a federal lockup on drug charges

By Sharon Cotliar
Updated August 12, 2009 03:55 PM
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With Cameron Douglas now behind bars facing drug trafficking charges, his parents Michael Douglas and Diandra Douglas addressed their son’s arrest for the first time.

“We are devastated about the recent behavior of our son Cameron. Any family who has dealt with substance abuse knows how difficult it can be,” says the statement released Wednesday by the actor’s spokesperson.

Cameron is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City after he violated the terms of his home detention by allegedly asking his girlfriend to bring him an electric toothbrush with heroin stashed in it, a corrections center spokesperson tells PEOPLE.

Douglas, 30, had been released on bail and confined to a Manhattan apartment after his arrest on charges of distributing methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth.

Possible Life in Prison

Douglas, who faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison if convicted and could face life in prison, was under the watch of a private security company when his girlfriend, Kelly Sott, allegedly brought him a black bag that contained an electric toothbrush with about seven grams of heroin hidden in the battery compartment. A security guard discovered the drugs, and alerted authorities.

Sott, 32, who told authorities she was not aware of what was stashed in the toothbrush, is also in custody on drug-related charges at the Metropolitan Correction Center. A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 10 in her case. A lawyer for Sott could not be reached for comment and lawyers for Douglas have declined to comment.

Contrary to earlier reports, Douglas was not staying at the apartment owned by Michael Douglas or his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, according to a source. The New York Post reported that he was staying at the home of his mother, Diandra Douglas.