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Metro releases Bruno Mars mugshot after cocaine arrest

Updated Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 | 4:21 p.m.

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Peter Hernandez

Metro Police released the mugshot today of hip-hop performer Bruno Mars, who was arrested Sunday at the Hard Rock Hotel for allegedly possessing cocaine.

According to an arrest report, police responded at about 1:50 a.m. Sunday to the Hard Rock Hotel after a bathroom attendant saw Peter Hernandez, known as Bruno Mars, “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. Police arrested Hernandez in connection with possession of cocaine and booked him into the Clark County Detention Center. He was released at 7:45 a.m. Sunday.

On his Twitter feed Saturday night he urged fans to come see him at the Hard Rock Hotel. His hit single "Just The Way You Are" is No. 3 on Billboard.com's Hot 100 songs, which ranks the most popular songs across all genres based on radio airplay.

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  1. Bruno Mars is not a hip hop artist. He's a pop artist. And Freddie Ray is probably right, a bathroom attendant probably got him. To each their own. I'm not really one to judge, but with all these famous people, you'd think they'd do this stuff in the privacy of their comped hotel suites. Paris is rolling around in a smoked out SUV holding, Bruno Mars didn't want to go all they way to his room and made a pit stop in a bathroom. Celebrity usually equals stupidity.

  2. They listened to the saying about what stays in Vegas. Unfortunately it does not apply to drugs.