Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 | 6:30 p.m.
Infamous former madam Heidi Fleiss faces multiple charges related to marijuana possession after Nye County Sheriff’s officers discovered nearly 400 marijuana plants in her Pahrump home and guesthouse.
An officer found the plants on Wednesday when he visited Fleiss’s home looking for a woman wanted on arrest warrants. It was not the first time police have visited the home looking for the wanted woman, but this time, the officer noticed that the door was open. He entered the home and proceeded to the backyard, where he discovered 158 plants, Nye County Sheriff’s officials said.
Fleiss arrived at the home from her guesthouse a short time later. She told officers she was growing the plants to sell to a cooperative in Las Vegas. She did not have a license to grow marijuana, but she claimed she was going to get one, police said.
Police then searched her residence and the guesthouse where they uncovered 234 additional marijuana plants, two grow lights and several bottles of chemicals used to grow marijuana.
Fleiss said she planned to destroy the smaller plants in the guesthouse because she felt she was growing too many plants, police said.
Fleiss faces one count of marijuana with intent to sell, marijuana over one ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a residence where drugs are sold and conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act.
Fleiss, who was nicknamed the Hollywood Madam for running a high-end brothel, was not arrested because she owns $200,000 in exotic birds and she cooperated with the investigation, police said.