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Drug charge for 'Hollywood madam'

Photo of Heidi Fleiss issued by police in February 2008
Heidi Fleiss wass stopped by Nevada police in her car in February

Former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss is facing charges of illegal drug possession and use.

Fleiss, 42, is accused of unlawful use of methamphetamine and possession of the painkiller hydrocodone without a prescription.

The charges arise from an incident in February, when police stopped her car in rural Nevada, where she now lives.

She was convicted in 1995 of running a Hollywood vice-ring, charging up to $10,000 per meeting with prostitutes.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal quoted her as saying she had "a bit of a substance abuse problem", and that she intended to seek private treatment.

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