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Aug 28, 2010 4:31 PM by Chris Welty

Paris Hilton Arrested on Cocaine Charge in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Paris Hilton was arrested late Friday after a
police motorcycle officer smelled marijuana smoke wafting from a
black Cadillac Escalade driven by her boyfriend on the Las Vegas
Strip, then found cocaine in her purse, authorities said.
A crowd quickly gathered when Hilton and Las Vegas nightclub
mogul Cy Waits were stopped about 11:30 p.m. Friday in the vehicle
near the Wynn Las Vegas resort on Las Vegas Boulevard, police said.
The 29-year-old celebrity socialite asked to go into the hotel for
privacy because of the number people gathering, said Officer Marcus
Martin.
Police later found a substance in Hilton's purse that tests
showed to be cocaine, Martin said. He said it was "a small
amount" of the drug, a package of the size usually associated with
personal use.
Hilton was arrested on suspicion of felony cocaine possession.
Waits, 34, was arrested on misdemeanor suspicion of d1
ving
under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Both were booked into the Clark County jail, where Martin said
Hilton was released without bail about 2:45 a.m. Saturday. Sgt.
John Sheahan said Hilton received no special treatment during her
brief time at the jail, and that release without bail was common in
such cases.
Less than an hour later, Hilton's Twitter account was updated
with a posting that said the actress was in bed watching the
television show "Family Guy," and then that she was going to
sleep. It was unclear if the tweets came from her, were posted by
time-release or were sent by someone else.
If convicted of the low-grade felony, Hilton would get
probation. Any violation of probation would be punishable by one to
four years in Nevada state prison.
Clark County District Attorney David Roger declined comment
Saturday about the case.
Hilton's attorney, David Chesnoff, told The Associated Press on6 aturday morning that he was still gathering facts about the
arrest.
"This matter will be dealt with in the courts not in the media
and I encourage people not to rush to judgment until all of the
facts have been dealt with in a court of law," Chesnoff said later
in a statement. "There will be no interviews and no more comments
at this time."
Waits' lawyer, Richard Schonfeld, said Waits posted $2,000 bail
and was expected to be released Saturday.
Court appearance dates for Hilton and Waits were not immediately
available.
Schonfeld said he was "troubled by the circumstances" leading
to the arrest, but declined to specify his concerns.
"As the case proceeds, a lot of facts are going to come to
light that will ultimately lead to exoneration," Schonfeld said.
A spokeswoman for Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas did not immediately
respond to messages seeking comment.
Waits and his twin brother, Jesse, are llenging partners of the
Tryst Nightclub inside Wynn Las Vegas, Drai's after hours club at
Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon, and XS The Nightclub at Wynn's
Encore resort. A spokeswoman for Harrah's resorts declined
immediate comment.
Earlier this week, Hilton was in the news when a 31-year-old man
allegedly tried to break into her Los Angeles home.
Authorities have said that someone carrying two big knives
banged on Hilton's window Tuesday. She posted a photo of the arrest
on Twitter and described it as "scary." Nathan Lee Parada faces a
felony burglary charge.
Hilton was arrested this summer after the Brazil-Netherlands
World Cup match in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on suspicion of
possession of marijuana. The case was then dropped at a midnight
court hearing.
Hilton pleaded no contest in 2007 to alcohol-related reckless
driving and was sentenced to 45 days in jail. After spending about
23 days in jail, Hilton to 19CNN host Larry King that the
experience caused her to re-evaluate the role partying played in
her life. She said she wanted "to help raise money for kids and
for breast cancer and multiple sclerosis."
While most famous for her tabloid exploits and reality TV series
"The Simple Life," Hilton has appeared in the films "Bottoms
Up," "The Hottie & the Nottie" and "House of Wax."

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