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Who owns Paris Hilton's purse? Doesn't matter, Las Vegas police say

September 3, 2010 |  9:24 am

Parisarrest Whether Paris Hilton owned the purse she was carrying that contained cocaine is irrelevant, Las Vegas police say.

What is important is she had possession of it with narcotics inside, they say.

Hilton has insisted the purse she was arrested with Saturday night is not hers. And in the days since, several websites have produced photos she allegedly posted on Twitter before her arrest of the purse in question.

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.”

She was arrested Saturday with her boyfriend, Las Vegas nightclub operator Cy Waits, who was driving the black SUV stopped by police at 11:22 p.m. after police smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and pulled it over.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Paris Hilton. Credit. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department