Update: The purse wasn’t hers!
Paris Hilton’s most recent arrest for cocaine possession has many people asking when the 29-year old heiress is going to grow up. She’s older than me but it appears her partying days are not quite over. But should they be?
Paris was arrested last night, August 27, 2010, shortly before midnight in Las Vegas for cocaine possession. According to the Associated Press, the vehicle that Hilton was a passenger in was pulled over on the Las Vegas strip after police thought they smelled marijuana and saw a “trail of smoke” coming from the vehicle.
Hilton was booked around 2 a.m. for an undisclosed amount of cocaine reportedly found in her purse. The entire arrest caused quite a scene in Sin City as other passersby saw and recognized Paris. Reports from Fox news said that Paris was taken into the Wynn Las Vegas resort in order to “keep her safe” from the growing crowds outside.
Hilton was booked on felony cocaine possession but reports did not specify how much cocaine was found on her property. She was later released without bail. If convicted, Paris could face probation with a violation that could result in one to four years in jail.
Hilton’s lawyer, David Chesnoff, released the statement: “Paris Hilton was released this morning on her own recognizance. 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. There will be no interviews and no more comments at this time.”
This isn’t Hilton’s first run-in with the law over drugs. Earlier this summer she was detained in South Africa for alleged marijuana possession but charges were later dropped when a friend claimed the drugs as hers, getting Paris off the hook. Just a few weeks after that, Hilton was stopped in France and alleged to have less than a gram of marijuana in her purse. The party girl denied these charges on her Twitter account, saying “The stories saying I have been arrested are completely false!”
Could she be singing the same tune on this drug offense? With her lawyer saying not to jump to make judgments, it’s certainly possible. When it comes to Paris and her partying ways, there are many who say it’s time to grow up. TMZ reports now that Hilton’s defense will be that the purse containing the cocaine was not hers. This sounds like a familiar defense for Paris but with Chesnoff as her attorney, she just might pull it off once again.
Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with traveling, seeing the world and having some fun, especially if you’re a socialite. However, no one should be excused when it comes to breaking the law. Party on, Paris but next time, pass on the illegal substances!
Paris Hilton- It Wasn’t My Purse