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Tech billionaire charged with drug trafficking in Las Vegas

California residents may be interested in knowing that Tech billionaire and founder of Broadcom Corp, Henry Nicholas, was formally charged with drug trafficking after his arrest over the summer at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas. Nicholas was detained in a hotel room at the Encore with his girlfriend, who is the ex-wife of the heir to the Wells Fargo fortune.

Hotel security reportedly became suspicious after Nicholas got locked out of his room. When security personnel unlocked the door, they noticed a woman passed out on the bed who had a balloon in her mouth. Nicholas explained that his girlfriend had been using the balloon for recreational use of nitrous oxide. The security staff member noticed a black pelican briefcase and opened the case due to concern that it might contain a weapon. Upon opening the case, the security staff member saw that it contained drugs and called the police. Police found approximately 15 grams of cocaine, 4 grams of heroin, 96 grams of methamphetamine and 17 grams of the psychedelic drug psilocin inside the case.

Nicholas was previously charged in 2008 with conspiring to distribute illegal drugs. He was accused later in the year of securities fraud. All the charges were eventually dropped. Charges stemming from the arrest at the Wynn hotel include two counts of drug possession and five counts of trafficking in a controlled substance.

Nicholas' case shows that a person may be arrested and charged for drug trafficking despite being wealthy and famous. Even though the charges brought against Nicholas in 2008 were dropped, the damage drug charges can do to a person's reputation can be difficult to undo. Individuals who are accused of a drug-related offense should immediately contact a drug crimes defense attorney. An experienced lawyer may be able to help the accused minimize damage to his or her reputation and potentially avoid conviction at trial.

Source:, "Billionaire Marsy's Law Advocate Henry Nicholas Charged with Drug Trafficking in Las Vegas," Philip Conneller, February 14, 2019

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