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Paris Hilton faces felony charges, said she thought cocaine was gum

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Clark County, Nev., prosecutors have filed a felony charge against Paris Hilton in connection to her arrest in Las Vegas early Saturday morning on suspicion of cocaine possession, CNN reports. She will be arraigned on Oct. 27.

On Friday night, the 29-year-old socialite-heiress was a passenger in a black Cadillac Escalade, which was pulled over when an officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver, Hilton’s boyfriend Cy Waits, allegedly said he was the one smoking marijuana and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. While police searched the vehicle for drugs, Hilton was escorted by a police lieutenant to a nearby hotel to use the restroom and shield her from the crowd that was gathering at the scene. It was there that police discovered a plastic bag of cocaine in her purse. Hilton said the cocaine and the purse were not hers and that she thought the plastic bag was gum. She did, however, claim ownership of other contents in the purse, including a broken tablet of Albuterol (commonly used to treat asthma), $,1300 in cash, and credit cards in her name.

Hilton’s lawyer, David Chesnoff, released the following statement: “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.”

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