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Paris Hilton Arrested for Cocaine Possession

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Police arrested Paris Hilton on cocaine

possession charges late Friday night after stopping the car she was

in on a Las Vegas street, authorities said.

The socialite was booked into the Clark County Detention Center

on the cocaine charge, Las Vegas police spokesman Marcus Martin

said.

Police said she was released later on her own recognizance.

The 29-year-old Hilton was in a car driven by a friend when it

was stopped about 11:30 p.m. MDT Friday when officers noticed what

they suspected to be marijuana smoke coming from it, he told The

Associated Press.

"Officers noticed a vehicle leaving smoke trail of a controlled

substance (and) made a stop based on that," Martin said.

During the stop, officers found what appeared to be a drug on

Hilton and later tests showed that it was cocaine, Martin said. He

didn't know how much was found.

He said Hilton was apparently recognized by passers-by and a

crowd quickly gathered in the area where the vehicle had been

pulled over.

Police watch commander Lt. Wayne Holman said Hilton released

early Saturday morning. He didn't know how long she had been held

nor any details about a possible court date.

He said the man who was driving the car was arrested on charges

of driving under the influence of drugs. But he didn't have any

other details, including his name.

Hilton's manager didn't immediately return AP calls for comment

early Saturday. Her publicist, Dawn Miller, did not immediately

return an e-mail message.

Hilton was arrested this summer after the Brazil-Netherlands

World Cup match in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on suspicion of

possession of marijuana. The case was then dropped at a midnight

court hearing.

Hilton pleaded no contest in 2007 to alcohol-related reckless

driving and was sentenced to 45 days in jail. After spending about

23 days in jail, Hilton told U.S. television host Larry King that

the experience caused her to re-evaluate the role partying played

in her life. She said she wanted "to help raise money for kids and

for breast cancer and multiple sclerosis."

While most famous for her tabloid exploits and reality TV series

"The Simple Life," Hilton has appeared in the films "Bottoms

Up," "The Hottie & the Nottie" and "House of Wax."

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