Paris Hilton completes probation from 2010 drug arrest
Paris Hilton's year-long probation from her 2010 drug arrest on the Las Vegas strip has officially ended, the Associated Press reports.
The 30-year-old socialite's attorneys appeared in court Tuesday, September 20, on her behalf to show Hilton had completed her 200 hours of community service and had paid a $2,000 fine as part of her obligations to the court in addition to the year-long probation.
In fact, according to the Las Vegas Sun, Hilton completed an extra 28 hours of community service for a grand total of 228 hours.
Hilton and then-boyfriend Cy Waits were detained together in August 2010 in Las Vegas after officers detected a "strong smell of marijuana" coming from their Cadillac Escalade.
The criminal complaint said that before the couple's arrest, when the police first looked over in the couple's direction, Hilton started to roll a car window up. An officer told Waits, the driver, to pull over. About 100 people walking nearby recognized the heiress and crowded the vehicle.
According to the complaint, Hilton said she was "extremely embarrassed, due to all the people taking pictures of her and she did not want to be seen by them." She said she wanted to stay near Waits but needed to use the restroom and asked an officer to accompany her to the nearby Wynn Hotel, where her boyfriend manages his nightclub, to "prevent her from being molested by the growing crowd".
A policeman took Hilton inside the building and had her place her purse on a table as they waited for a female officer to arrive to take her to the restroom. The heiress said she "needed to put some lip balm on" and the policeman handed her the purse.
"As she began to open it, I saw a small bindle of what I believed to be cocaine in a clear baggy begin to fall from the purse and into my hand. I then immediately took the purse and dropped the bindle back on the top," the officer said in the complaint.
He then showed the bindle to the female officer when she arrived and arrested Hilton for possession of a controlled substance.
"After I read Hilton her Miranda rights, she told me the purse was not hers and that she had borrowed it from a friend," the officer said. "She also said several cosmetic items inside the purse were not hers, but the $1,300 cash and credit cards were hers. I asked Hilton whose cocaine it was and she said she had not seen it but now thought it was gum."
The purse also contained a broken tablet of Albuterol, which is used to treat breathing problems, and a package of Zig Zag wrappers, which are used to roll marijuana joints and tobacco cigarettes. The heiress said both was hers. A test later showed that the bindle found inside her purse did indeed contain 0.8 grams of cocaine.
Hilton pleaded guilty in September 2010 to misdemeanor cocaine possession and obstruction charges stemming from the case. She and Waits broke up in June.
Waits pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of marijuana on August 24, according to the Las Vegas Sun. In addition, two other charges -- including marijuana possession -- were dropped.
Hilton rose to fame with the reality series "The Simple Life," which aired between 2003 and 2007 and also starred fellow Los Angeles socialite Nicole Richie. Just before the show premiered, a homemade sex tape of Hilton and then-boyfriend Rick Salomon was posted online. It was later released on DVD.
She recently had a short-lived reality show called "The World According To Paris" which was canceled in August due to low ratings.