Paris Hilton Arrested on Cocaine Possession Charges in Las Vegas

Paris Hilton has been arrested for possessing cocaine after her car was stopped by police in Las Vegas.

Paris Hilton appears as she unveils her Paris Hilton's Spring 2011 Shoe Collection presented by Antebi Footwear at the MAGIC clothing industry convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center August 18, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Reuters

Police arrested Paris Hilton on cocaine possession charges late Friday after stopping the car she was in on a Las Vegas street, authorities said.

The socialite was booked into the Clark County Detention Center early Saturday on the cocaine charge, Las Vegas police spokesman Marcus Martin said. And she was released at around 2.30 am PST on Saturday.

Police say she was in a car driven by a friend that was stopped when officers noticed what they suspected to be marijuana smoke coming from it. “Officers noticed a vehicle leaving smoke trail of a controlled substance (and) made a stop based on that,” Martin said.

During the stop, officers found what appeared to be a drug on Hilton and later tests showed that it was cocaine, Martin said. He didn’t know how much was found.

He said Hilton was apparently recognized by passers-by and a crowd quickly gathered in the area where the vehicle had been pulled over.

Police watch commander Lt. Wayne Holman said Hilton released early Saturday morning. He didn’t know how long she had been held nor any details about a possible court date.

Paris Hilton appears as she unveils her Paris Hilton's Spring 2011 Shoe Collection presented by Antebi Footwear at the MAGIC clothing industry convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center August 18, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (August 17, 2010 - Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America)

He said the man who was driving the car was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of drugs. But he didn’t have any other details, including his name.

Hilton’s manager was not available for comment today. Her publicist Dawn Miller was not responding to emails.

The arrest came during a week in which a buglary attempt was made on Hilton’s Los Angeles home. Officials said 31-year-old Nathan Lee Parada faces a felony burlgary charge in the Tuesday incident.

Authorities have said that someone carrying two big knives banged on Hilton’s window. She posted a photo of the arrest on Twitter and described it as “scary.”

Four years ago the reality TV star was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and sentenced to 45 days in prison.

After spending about 23 days in jail, Hilton told U.S. television 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.”

The heiress was arrested again 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. [via Daily Mail (UK) and US Magazine]

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