LAGUNA NIGUEL, California – Al Gore's son faces up to three years in prison if convicted on felony drug-possession charges and lesser offenses related to July 4 traffic stop in Orange County where he was found with 140 Vicodin pills, according to a report from the People.com Web site.
Al Gore III, 24, faces two felony counts of drug possession, two misdemeanor counts of drug possession without a prescription and one misdemeanor count of marijuana possession, the district attorney's office said in a statement. Gore also was charged with a traffic infraction for allegedly driving faster than 100 mph.
Gore is free on $20,000 bail and scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 1 in Superior Court in Laguna Niguel. Prosecutors said he could be sentenced to a maximum of three years and eight months in prison if convicted on all counts.
In addition to Vicodin, officers found Xanax, Valium, Soma, and Adderall as well as a small amount of marijuana. A source tells People.com that police discovered 140 Vicodin pills on the former vice president's son as well as dozens of others.
According to the Orange County District Attorney's Office, Gore may eligible to bypass incarceration for drug diversion program if found guilty, People.com reported.
Kalee Kreider, a spokeswoman for his parents, did not return e-mail and phone requests for comment Friday.
The son of the former vice president and Democratic presidential nominee was previously arrested for marijuana possession in Bethesda, Maryland, in 2003, when he was a student at Harvard University. Gore completed substance abuse counseling to settle those charges.
Gore is the youngest of Tipper and Al Gore's four children. He now lives in Los Angeles and is an associate publisher of GOOD, a magazine about philanthropy and aimed at young people.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.