- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Heidi Fleiss, the former “Hollywood Madam” who ran a prostitution ring for the rich and famous in the 1990s, has been busted by Nevada authorities after they found nearly 400 cannabis plants on her property, TMZ first reported.

Officials reportedly pulled up to Miss Fleiss‘ home in Pahrump on Aug. 7 looking for another woman when they stumbled upon a marijuana farm.

The 47-year-old former Maxim columnist admitted to owning the plants and said she was growing the plants for a “cooperative in Las Vegas,” TMZ reported.

But Miss Fleiss doesn’t have a license to grow, so officials seized all 392 of her plants.

She has been charged with possession with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a home where drugs are sold/used.

Miss Fleiss was not arrested, however, “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,” officials told TMZ.

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