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Hilton likely to avoid jail on drugs bust

  1. buseman
    Paris Hilton has been charged with cocaine possession after a high profile arrest in Las Vegas at the weekend, but the socialite is unlikely to do a second stint behind bars.

    Hilton, 29, faces up to four years in a Nevada prison if convicted of the felony charge of possessing 0.8 grams of "powder cocaine" in a purse.

    But the Los Angeles Times, quoting a legal expert, reports Hilton is more likely to be sentenced to a diversion program if prosecutors are able to prove their case.

    Hilton and her boyfriend Cy Waits were stopped just before midnight on Friday (local time) after police said they smelled marijuana smoke coming from their vehicle.

    When a crowd formed, the couple were escorted to the nearby Wynn Hotel for some privacy.

    The police report details that when Hilton asked to get some lip balm from her purse, an officer saw "a small bindle of what I believed to be cocaine in a clear baggy" and the bindle fell from the purse into the officer's hand.

    Hilton told police she had borrowed the purse from a friend. She thought the cocaine was gum.

    The Los Angeles Times quoted Dmitry Gorin, a former Los Angeles County prosecutor and noted defence attorney, as saying that prosecutors will need to prove that it was Hilton's purse and also overcome any doubts that the marijuana smell came from her vehicle.

    Similar arrests are often made on the Las Vegas' famed strip. Most end up in some kind of diversion program unless the person has a lengthy prior record, Mr Gorin said.

    Hilton has had dust-ups with the law, but she is not quite a hardened criminal.

    She spent three weeks in a Los Angeles jail in 2007 for violating probation on a reckless driving charge.

    In July, she was detained on suspicion of possessing marijuana in South Africa following a World Cup soccer match, but was released by police and not charged.

    After her latest arrest, her lawyers issued a statement encouraging people not to rush to judgment until all of the facts have been dealt with in a court of law.



  1. SamanthaRabbit
    Paris Hilton Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Charge

    LAS VEGAS (CBS/AP) Hollywood socialite Paris Hilton pleaded guilty today to misdemeanor charges stemming from her cocaine arrest last month at a Las Vegas hotel-casino.

    PICTURES: Reality TV's Run-ins with the Law

    Hilton faced a felony drug charge, but avoided jail time by acknowledging during the Las Vegas Justice Court hearing that she had cocaine in her purse and that she lied to police when she was arrested.

    Hilton was arrested, along with 34-year-old Las Vegas nightclub tycoon, Cy Waits, inside the luxurious Wynn resort after a small bag containing 0.8 grams of cocaine fell out of her Chanel purse when she reached for lip balm in front of a police lieutenant.

    Hilton, wearing a champagne-colored blouse, a black pencil skirt and black platform heels - told Justice of the Peace Joe M. Bonaventure the cocaine was hers.

    The 29-year-old pleaded guilty to drug possession and obstructing an officer. Under the terms of the plea deal, Hilton will serve a year of unsupervised probation and have to complete a drug abuse program. The rail-thin blonde will also have to pay a fine of $2,000 and complete 200 hours of community service.

    "The purpose of this at this point is that you change your conduct," Justice of the Peace Joe M. Bonaventure told the hotel heiress. "The Clark County Detention Center is not the Waldorf-Astoria."

    Clark County prosecutor David Schubert echoed that sentiment, saying "Our main concern is that Ms. Hilton stay out of trouble over the next year."

    Hilton's attorney, David Chesnoff, said the celebrity would attend an outpatient substance abuse treatment program, and that she would continue to volunteer with animal rights groups and children's hospitals to meet the requirements of the plea agreement, he said.

    "I know Ms. Hilton is contrite and accepts the responsibility for her actions," Chesnoff said.

    After the incident, Wynn Resorts Ltd. Spokeswoman Jennifer Dunne told The Associated Press that Hilton is no longer welcome at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore, and Waits was reportedly relieved of his managerial duties at both establishments.

  2. SamanthaRabbit
    Paris Hilton Detained in Japan Over Cocaine Charges

    Don't mess with customs officials at Tokyo's Narita Airport. That might be the takeaway after news agencies report that celebutante Paris Hilton was denied entry to Japan by immigration authorities at the airport.

    The issue, apparently, was Hilton's guilty plea on Monday for possessing cocaine during a Las Vegas dust-up that garnered worldwide headlines. Reuters adds that "in Japan, immigration authorities can deny entry to anyone convicted of drug-related offenses."

    As for the Narita flap, The Associated Press reports "a Japanese immigration official said she was denied entry Wednesday after a total of about six hours of questioning over ... two days."

    AP adds that a smiling Hilton told reporters at the airport earlier today that "I'm going back home, and I look forward to coming back to Japan in the future."

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