Heidi Fleiss Caught With Almost 400 Marijuana Plants In Her Backyard
Heidi Fleiss, the ‘Hollywood Madam,’ was caught with reported 392 marijuana plants in her backyard in Nevada.
Officers arrived at Fleiss’ home in Pahrump, Nev., last Aug. 7, with an arrest warrant for another woman. They entered the home when the door was open and found the marijuana plants, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
Fleiss reportedly cooperated with officers and admitted to owning the plants despite the fact that she is not licensed to grow marijuana. She also informed authorities that she was planning to sell the drugs to a Las Vegas cooperative.
“Ms. Fleiss could not produce the necessary documentation to support this. Later she admitted, in a roundabout way, that she was going to get a license because she did not have one,” said the sheriff’s department in a statement.
Fleiss, who served over two years in jail after she was revealed as the madam of a high end Hollywood prostitution ring in the 90s, could be charged for possession of drug paraphernalia, intent to sell and conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act, among others, reports the Las Vegas Sun.
Due to Fleiss’ cooperation with the police and her willingness to allow them to search her property without a warrant, Fleiss was not arrested on the grounds that she owns $200,000 worth of exotic birds, which the sheriff’s department does not have the means to care for.
“We don’t have facilities for exotic birds, and they are pretty rare and very expensive,” Sheriff Anthony De Meo told CNN.
The district attorney is expected to file charges soon.
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong
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