392 Pot Plants Found at Heidi Fleiss' Home

Former madam faces drug charges

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 14, 2013 8:52 AM CDT | Updated Aug 14, 2013 10:53 AM CDT

(Newser) – Heidi Fleiss: from Hollywood madam to Nevada pot baron? Police found 392 marijuana plants at her Pahrump home on Aug. 7, and Fleiss, who does not have a license to grow marijuana, now faces multiple drug-related charges, the Las Vegas Sun reports. But her birds, bizarrely, saved her from being arrested, TMZ reports: Fleiss was not taken away in cuffs "due to the fact that she has approximately $200,000 worth of exotic birds in the residence plus she gave us consent to search without a warrant and was very cooperative throughout the investigation," police say. Oddly, cops weren't at Fleiss' house to look for pot; they were on the hunt for another woman wanted on arrest warrants and the door happened to be open.

In this undated file photo orginially released Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, by the Nye County Sheriff's Office, former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss is shown in a booking mug in Pahrump, Nev.
In this undated file photo orginially released Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, by the Nye County Sheriff's Office, former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss is shown in a booking mug in Pahrump, Nev.   (AP Photo/Nye County Sheriff's Office)
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