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Paris Hilton Released After Vapor Trail Led to Cocaine Arrest

Paris Hilton, who was arrested late Friday night, was released on Saturday morning. Police have released further details about the arrest:

But the officer who arrested the 29-year-old hotel heiress was on a motorcycle. He saw smoke wafting from a Cadillac Escalade on the Las Vegas Strip and suspected the smell was marijuana. He then stopped the vehicle and police say a bag of cocaine fell out of the socialite's purse.

Hilton was with her boyfriend, Las Vegas nightclub mogul Cy Waits, who manages a club inside the Wynn Las Vegas and was driving the black SUV that the officer stopped nearby at 11:22 p.m. Friday.

The officer who arrested her "followed the vapor trail and the odor of marijuana to the Escalade," police Sgt. John Sheahan said.

Other police arrived and a crowd gathered on the busy neon-lit Strip. Hilton then asked to go into the Wynn resort for privacy, Sheahan said.

"Miss Hilton pulled out a tube of lip balm," Sheahan said. "At the same time ... a bindle of cocaine in a plastic bag came out of her purse" in plain view of police in the room.

Police Officer Marcus Martin characterized the cocaine as a "small amount," or a package of the size usually associated with personal use.

Hilton was arrested on suspicion of felony cocaine possession then. If she is convicted of the low-grade felony, she would get probation, but any violation of that probation would be punishable by up to one to four years in Nevada state prison.

Waits, 34, owned the 2009 Cadillac. He was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in county jail.

Hilton and Waits were booked into the Clark County jail, where Sheahan said Hilton was kept handcuffed on a booking room bench, fingerprinted, photographed and released without bail about 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

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