Isn't this tragic story of police inquisitiveness gone horribly wrong a misunderstanding, after all? Does anyone think that a real narc would be able to point out the "vapor trail" emanating from the vehicle in which this young lady was riding in? Doesn't that sound like a questionable use of police resources? Or am I out of practice as a narc?
Paris Hilton denied owning the purse in which police say less than a gram of cocaine was found after a traffic stop on the Las Vegas Strip, according to an arrest report released Monday.
The 29-year-old celebrity socialite acknowledged owning $1,300 in cash, several credit cards, a package of Zig-Zag rolling papers and a broken tablet of the prescription asthma medication Albuterol also found in the purse late Friday during her arrest at the Wynn Las Vegas resort.
"She told me the purse was not hers, that she had borrowed it from a friend," police Lt. Dennis Flynn wrote in his report of Hilton's arrest shortly before midnight Friday. The friend was not identified.
Flynn said Hilton had asked to be allowed to go into the hotel after her boyfriend, 34-year-old Las Vegas nightclub mogul Cy Waits, failed field sobriety tests given by a motorcycle officer who stopped them in a black Cadillac Escalade that Flynn said smelled of marijuana smoke.
Flynn said Hilton denied owning a small plastic "bindle" containing 0.8 grams of cocaine powder that the police lieutenant said fell out when Hilton opened the purse to get a tube of lip balm.
"Hilton admitted the Albuterol ... was hers and is prescribed to her, but the suspected cocaine was not," Flynn wrote. "I asked Hilton whose cocaine it was, and she said she had not seen it but now thought it was gum."
Hilton's lawyer, David Chesnoff, said Monday that he would not comment on the police report.
It's true--I used to inform the police all of the time as to who was using, selling, or possessing drugs in my general vicinity. It didn't seem to matter where I was or what was going on. Drug users pop up on my radar as if I were gifted in some way (this helps me as a Gentleman Bounty Hunter, of course, but you already knew that).
I used to be able to smell the Chronic from a mile away and then help the police officers track down whoever was using the drug. I'm mainly pro-legalization now; our long war against the Chronic has been a dismal failure, and the stuff is really harmless anyway.
Cocaine is fairly bad, though. It will destroy your nasal passages and turn you into a flaming asshole, and I use that term lightly. Super bitchy young women who are chasing thirty and using the drug are more like "mega-bitches" on cocaine, especially if they have money and fame. You do not want to see what this will look like when everyone is done wrangling.
Saying "it wasn't my purse" sounds like a panicky thing to say. You do NOT go into someone else's purse to get lip balm in front of a police officer; you get your personal items from your own purse or "man purse" as the case may be.
My guess is that she will get away with it. Andrew Sullivan got caught using weed on public lands; he got away with it. How much money did Paris remember to give to Obama? That will make a huge difference, since the arrest happened in Nevada. Someone from her side of the tracks needs to quietly make a few donations into the coffers of Senator Harry Reid while they can still help the old fellow out. He might be able to make things easier for Paris.
One thing is certain--the girl lives like it's 1987.