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Hilton Says Drugs Not Hers, Attorney Questions Police Search

On August 27 in Las Vegas, Paris Hilton was arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession and her boyfriend, nightclub operator Cy Waits, was arrested on suspicion of DUI after police pulled over an SUV driven by Waits in which Hilton was passenger. Paris Hilton continues to insist that the purse she was carrying on the night of her arrest, and the cocaine found inside it, are not hers. 

Several celebrity gossip websites have since pointed out that Hilton published a photo on her Twitter account in July that seems to show the same purse, saying it was a new purchase she was excited about.

Whether the purse was hers or not, does not matter in the eyes of the Las Vegas police. According to the Los Angeles Times, what matters is that the purse was in her possession when narcotics fell out of it in the presence of a police officer. Attorneys for Hilton and her boyfriend, however, have questioned whether police had sufficient evidence to pull over the duo in the first place.

If prosecutors cannot prove that police had sufficient reason to pull the couple over, the eventual discovery of cocaine could be thrown out as evidence in the charges against Hilton. Police say that they pulled over the Cadillac Escalade because they smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, but attorneys for the couple will challenge this claim.

Sources:

Who owns Paris Hilton's purse? Doesn't matter, Las Vegas police say (L.A. NOW)

Attorney questions why police stopped Paris Hilton's SUV (L.A. NOW)

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