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
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)

(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.

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