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January 27, 2015

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Bruno Mars charged with cocaine possession in Las Vegas

Hip-hop perfomer charged on one felony count for Sept. 19 incident at Hard Rock

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Peter Hernandez

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Bruno Mars at Surrender in Encore.

Criminal drug possession charges were filed Friday against hip-hop performer Peter Hernandez, who performs under the name Bruno Mars, for an incident earlier this month at a bathroom in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Hernandez faces a penalty of one to four years in the Nevada Department of Corrections and may also be fined up to $5,000, according to Tess Driver, spokeswoman for the Clark County District Attorney’s office. However, Driver said, if Hernandez has no prior convictions, the court could also suspend the sentence and grant mandatory probation.

Hernandez' arraignment date is scheduled for Nov. 18 in Las Vegas Justice Court.

The performer was arrested Sept. 19 at the Hard Rock for possession of cocaine and was released the same day.

According to an arrest report, police responded about 1:50 a.m. Sept. 19 to the hotel after a bathroom attendant saw Hernandez “taking a really long time” in a bathroom stall, possibly using drugs. The attendant informed hotel security, who found Hernandez and asked him to hand over whatever narcotics he had on him.

Security placed Hernandez in a holding cell after he gave up 2.6 grams of a “white powdery substance” believed to be cocaine, police said. When Metro arrived at the scene, Hernandez admitted he did “a foolish thing” and said he had never used drugs before.

The crooner's "Just the Way You Are" is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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  1. On a day the Schwarzenegger decriminalize marijuana, another celebrity busted.

    Metro is wrecking the Vegas economy. They think that people will come from California, British Columbia, Netherlands, etc. were drugs aren't a big deal. Prostitution is legal or winked at many places, Japan, Europe, etc. Our prudishness will drive off visitors. Nevada survived the depression by vices: gambling, 24/7 booze, boxing, quickie divorce, and marriage.

    Why should a Californian retire to Vegas? Maybe they need medical marijuana. Just stay in California, gamble at the Native American Casino, smoke your pot, and deal with relatively mellow suburban California COPS, instead of Metro gun wielders.

    Next thing you know Metro will want more taxes for cops. The 50 somethings don't have the money to sustain the Vegas economy. They are tapped out. The Asians can stay in Macao or Singapore.

  2. Legalize and tax all drugs, let people be responsible for their own actions. If you overdose, too bad. If you hurt or kill someone while under the influence, you suffer the same fate.

  3. Jeff(sunnysideup)--"legalize and tax all drugs"

    I agree. People should be allowed to do whatever they want to do with the stipulation that if what they do causes harm they be held accountable.

  4. "Hernandez admitted he did "a foolish thing" and said he had never used drugs before."

    Yeah, right.....