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Police feared inmate unrest if Paris Hilton stayed in Las Vegas jail

September 7, 2010 |  7:17 am

Parisarrest Las Vegas police processed Paris Hilton though jail as quickly as possible after her arrest on cocaine charges, worried her presence could cause disruptions.

Hilton was released from jail three hours after arriving, a quick turnaround that some say suggests special treatment.

But police officials said they were worried the presence of a celebrity in the jail would cause disruptions, so they tried to get her out quickly.

Hilton was arrested last month with her boyfriend, Las Vegas nightclub operator Cy Waits, who was driving the black SUV stopped by police. Police said they smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and pulled it over.

Scores of people rushed to see Hilton during the traffic stop, many of them snapping photos and calling out for the actress.

Police said they worried about a similar frenzy if Hilton remained inside the jail with other inmates.

"Yeah, she was treated differently so I don't have a disruption of my process here at the county jail," Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Deputy Chief Jim Dixon told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "When you bring somebody in like that, everybody comes over and tries to look at them. I'd have officers attempting to keep inmates away from her. I'd have disruptions."

Hilton has insisted the purse she was arrested with Saturday night  -- which allegedly contained the cocaine -- was not hers.

But Las Vegas Police Metro police say what is relevant are the credit cards, cash and prescription medications inside the purse that did belong to her.

“We took the narcotics but gave her back the purse. It does not matter if she says the purse is not hers, it was in her possession,” Las Vegas Officer Barbara Morgan said in an e-mail to the Times. “I cannot tell you how many times I have found narcotics in people's pants pockets, and they tell me the pants are not theirs. We don’t take their pants from them.”

-- Richard Winton

Photo credit : Las Vegas police