Former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss is shown in a booking mug released Feb. 7, 2008, in Pahrump. Authorities say Fleiss was arrested on charges of illegal possession of prescription drugs and DUI. (AP Photo/Nye County Sheriff's Office)
PAHRUMP, NV (FOX5) -
The Nye County Sheriff's Department reports former Hollywood madam and Pahrump resident, Heidi Fleiss, has been charged with a number of crimes related to marijuana possession.
Police said that on Aug. 7, a deputy arrived at Fleiss' address in order to locate a woman wanted on arrest warrants.
That officer didn't find the wanted woman, but instead located several marijuana plants growing in pots in the backyard.
Fleiss, 47, was then observed walking from a home nearby to her residence, where she was questioned by deputies.
Fleiss told police she had been growing marijuana in order to sell it to a cooperative located in Las Vegas. However, Fleiss told police she had not obtained a license allowing her to do so.
Police located 158 marijuana plants in Fleiss' backyard, and an additional 234 plants in the aforementioned nearby home. They also found several bottles of chemicals, two grow lights and a ballast.
The plants were collected as evidence.
Deputies said that because Fleiss was cooperative and consented to a search of the property, she was not arrested. Instead, the case was forwarded to the Nye County District Attorney for charges to be filed.
Fleiss faces charges of possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of marijuana over one ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia, among other charges.
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