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A California tech billionaire has been charged with drug trafficking after police discovered briefcases loaded with heroin and meth in his hotel suite.
Broadcom Corp. co-founder Henry T. Nicholas III, 59, and his alleged girlfriend Ashley Christine Fargo were charged on Wednesday in Las Vegas with five drug trafficking and two drug possession charges.
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The two were arrested on August 7 after Nicholas called hotel security to help him get into his locked room at the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas. Once inside, security found Fargo unconscious and called the cops.
Police then discovered a stash of methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and tablets believed to be ecstasy and mushrooms believed to contain hallucinogenic psilocybin, in the room.
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The drug trafficking charges stemmed from the amount of controlled substances found, according to the complaint.
During the raid cops said they found Fargo passed out with a deflated balloon in her mouth.
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Nicholas identified a gas canister in the room as nitrous oxide 'for recreational use,' according to a Las Vegas police arrest report.
The arresting officer suggested the balloon could have been used to inhale the gas.
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Fargo's lawyer David Brown claimed she was asleep, not unconscious, and woke after hotel security broke through the latched hotel room door.
According to court documents, investigators recovered 82.5grams of meth and 4.24grams of heroin in the room, as per the Los Angeles Times.
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Neither Nicholas nor Fargo claimed the briefcases to be their property, even though they were seen carrying what appeared to be the black Pelican cases on surveillance video, according to the police report.
After their arrest last summer the duo were free without bail pending charges. They're due for arraignment March 11 in Las Vegas.
Nicholas - Attorney - David - Chesnoff - Fargo
Nicholas' attorney, David Chesnoff, and Fargo's lawyer, Brown, denied wrongdoing and...
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