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Comedian Artie Lange spared prison term for drug charge

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Comedian and Hoboken resident Artie Lange has been spared a prison term for possessing heroin.

A judge on Friday ordered Lange, 50, who has struggled with drug addiction, to serve four years of probation.

The comedian also must complete an outpatient drug treatment program.

The charge stemmed from a May 2017 traffic stop on the Garden State Parkway.

Lange pleaded guilty in December, when Essex County prosecutors agreed to drop a 2016 cocaine possession charge.

Prosecutors wanted Lange sent to an inpatient treatment program, but he told the judge he preferred outpatient treatment because he needs to work.

Lange is a cast member in the HBO series "Crashing."

He also performed on the Fox sketch comedy series "Mad TV" and spent nearly a decade as a co-host on "The Howard Stern Show."

AP wires helped contribute to this report.

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