Notorious former "Hollywood madam" Heidi Fleiss seems to have turned her attention to marijuana. Fleiss' home in Nevada was visited by sheriff's deputies on Tuesday. She now faces charges for growing nearly 400 pot plants in her desert home.
Although Fleiss was not arrested, officers did seize 392 pot plants, grow lights, and other marijuana cultivation tools that Fleiss claimed she was using to sell cannabis to a Las Vegas pot collective -- though she lacked a legal license to grow, reports TMZ.
What's next for the pot-growing former pimpstress?
'Marijuana Madam' Cooperates
Nye County Sheriff's deputies came to Fleiss' home Tuesday night to serve a warrant for a wanted female -- totally unrelated to the pot plants that officers found inside Fleiss' Pahrump home, reports Reuters.
Officers did not arrest Fleiss since she cooperated with their investigation, including consent to search her home without a warrant. The search revealed a sizeable marijuana farm, reports TMZ.
Sheriff Tony De Meo added that Fleiss also cares for "exotic birds worth $200,000," which may have persuaded deputies that she wouldn't be flying the coop once they left, reports Reuters.
Grow Laws in Nevada
Aside from charges for pot possession with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphrenalia, Fleiss faces a more serious charge of maintaining a home where drugs are used or sold, a felony. If convicted, she could face up to six years in prison.
Fleiss was allegedly open about her ownership of the plants and her intent to sell them to a cannabis collective. But while medical marijuana is legal in Nevada, the infamous madam had no legal license to grow cannabis for medical use.
Even if Fleiss had a valid medical marijuana ID in Nevada, she would only be legally allowed to grow up to seven plants at a time, which is a bit less than 392.
If the charges are held as is, the notorious former sex employer may face serious punishment for the alleged felonies related to her pot farm -- punishment that may take into account her prior conviction for federal tax evasion.
However, since her federal conviction is more than 10 years old and unrelated to drugs or marijuana, a judge may simply choose to slap Fleiss with probation instead of prison.
Either way, she probably won't be pimping pot for a while.
- Former Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss busted on charges of pimping marijuana (New York Daily News)
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