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Heiress Paris Hilton's 'Not My Bag' Alibi Derailed by TwitPic

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By Laura Strachan, Esq. on September 03, 2010 2:38 PM

Only Heiress Paris Hilton would have her that's like totally "not my bag" alibi derailed by her own TwitPic of the purse. The purse that started it all, a black and gold Channel clutch, was tweeted by the heiress in mid-July with the incriminating caption, "Love my new Chanel purse I got today," according to TodayShow.com. Hilton originally claimed that the purse carrying the cocaine was borrowed from a friend.

The trendy carry-all is at the center of the Las Vegas cocaine controversy that now has Hilton facing felony possession charges. In the end, the alibi would have never worked. Law Vegas police officer Jay Rivera explains the case: "She is being charged with possession, so it doesn't matter if it is her, or someone else's. This is a common typical arrest. We don't keep track of people's purses and we don't impound people's purses when we find evidence of contraband in them" There are two things that come from that statement: first, the owner of the purse is irrelevant, possession means on a person and the cocaine was most certainly on Paris at the time of the arrest. Secondly, it sounds like Paris's purse will not be impounded, and she will get to keep her clutch.

So next stop for Paris? The .8 grams of cocaine found in Paris's "not my bag" when she reached for a lip balm carry felony drug possession charges that can have some major consequences. As this is not her first legal (or drug) rodeo, Paris may find herself back in prison for her Las Vegas antics in addition to heavy fines, probation, and other forms of sentencing.

There is one final alibi Hilton offers -- that she thought the cocaine was gum, in a baggie. Although gum does not typically come in a powder substance or a small plastic bag, at least this alibi will have a harder time being derailed by one of the many social media outlets Hilton uses. And on a final note, Hilton has been very active on her twitter page since the incident .... some people never learn.

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