Heidi Fleiss, known as the “Hollywood Madam” for having once run a high-end brothel in Los Angeles, has been arrested on DUI and marijuana charges, writes Ana Ley for the Las Vegas Sun. Nye County, Nevada, sheriff’s deputies pulled Fleiss over at about 3:30 a.m. on State Route 160, after a record search of her license plate revealed a suspended registration and that Fleiss did not have a valid driver’s license, Ley writes.
She was driving a 2010 Toyota Cruiser, and in a search, officers found about 4 ounces of marijuana and $10,000 in cash, which was seized, writes Kelsey Givens in a Pahrump Valley Times article appearing on the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Ley reports that officials determined that Fleiss was driving high on marijuana after she failed field sobriety tests. They booked her into the Nye County Detention Center on charges including driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, driving with a suspended registration, and driving without insurance, Ley writes. Givens writes that Fleiss’s bail was set at $22,233.
TMZ writes that the 47-year-old Fleiss was found to have 400 pot plants at her (Pahrump) home in August. At that time, Nye County deputies said they opted not to arrest her because she owns $200,000 worth of exotic birds that the county was not equipped to care for, and because she cooperated with authorities, writes Ley. However, in September, the Nye County District Attorney’s office handed Fleiss felony drug charges in connection with the 400 pot plants, Ley writes. Fleiss was scheduled to appear in Pahrump Justice Court on Wednesday in the grow house case, Ley writes.
Fleiss’ first run-in with the law was back in 1993 when she was arrested for running a prostitution ring in Los Angeles. She served 20 months at a federal prison in California.
Fleiss has been open about her past substance abuse problems, and she even appeared on ‘Dr. Drew’s Celebrity Rehab’ back in 2009.
An Associated Press article appearing on ABC News says that according to jail officials, Fleiss bailed out of jail on Tuesday. A phone number listed for Fleiss was disconnected, AP writes.
Unlike Colorado and 18 other states and the District of Columbia, Nevada does not permit the use of medical marijuana, and unlike Colorado and Washington state, Nevada does not allow the recreational use of marijuana. A recent Gallup Poll found that for the first time, a majority of Americans (58%) favor legalizing marijuana.