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Paris Hilton pleads guilty in Las Vegas cocaine arrest case, gets probation

09/20/2010 by Corinne Heller

This file photo released Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010 by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Paris Hilton in a police booking photo in Las Vegas. (Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department) Paris Hilton pleaded guilty on Monday to drug possession and obstructing an officer following a Las Vegas arrest, in a move that will allow her to avoid jail time.

She was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to complete a drug abuse program, pay a $2,000 fine and serve 200 hours of community service under a plea deal the 29-year-old celebrity heiress had made with prosecutors.

Hilton was arrested in late August inside the Wynn resort in Las Vegas, after police say a small plastic bag containing 0.8 of a gram of cocaine spilled out of her purse.

If she violates her probation and is arrested for anything other than a minor traffic violation, Hilton could be sent to jail for a year.

The charged of obstructing an officer was added on because Hilton lied to police when she told them the purse and the cocaine belonged to someone else. She initial said she thought the cocaine was gum, according to her arrest report.

This was Hilton's third drug-related arrest over the summer. On July 16, Hilton was held by police on the French island of Corsica for possession of marijuana. It was less than a gram in her purse and police soon released her without pressing charges.

On July 2, she was detained in South Africa for marijuana possession at the World Cup.  Hilton was later cleared of those charges too and the local police apologized to her publicly for the incident.

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